by Jane Austen
Part of the Oxford World's Classics series
'I wonder what will become of her!' So speculate the friends and neighbours of Emma Woodhouse, the lovely, lively, wilful,and fallible heroine of Jane Austen's fourth published novel. Confident that she knows best, Emma schemes to find a suitable husband for her pliant friend Harriet, only to discover that she understands the feelings of others as little as she does her own heart. As Emma puzzles and blunders her way through the mysteries of her social world, Austen evokes for her readers a cast of unforgettable characters and a detailed portrait of a small town undergoing historical transition.
Written with matchless wit and irony, judged by many to be her finest novel, Emma has been adapted many times for film and television. This new edition shows how Austen brilliantly turns the everyday into the exceptional.
ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 448 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press
- Publication Date: 17/04/2008
- Category: Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900
- ISBN: 9780199535521
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Review by senbei
Among authors of 19th Century, Jane Austen is matchless. And among Austen's novels, Emma is by far the most enchanting, fun, heartwarming and approachable. While maintaining decorum and sophistication (mostly), the eponymous Emma Woodhouse, having found success at matchmaking, attempts to hurriedly repeat the trick, only to see it this time coming crashing down around her ears and forever be coming back to haunt her. Emma's cast of characters play incredibly well off of each other (even if they don't all like each other) to create a jovial and jubilant tale to rival even Shakespearean comedy. I probably should have read this novel when i was a teenager like other girls, but I’m glad I waited until after college to approach it with a critical eye. Although some the vocabulary is still very archaic, it’s much easier to comprehend than the dense Mansfield Park (though the later is a more depressing story to be sure). Emma reads very much like a modern piece, perhaps more so than any other major 19th Century novel. It is in a word, timeless (though nowadays we are more apt to poke fun as in the recent film, Austenland). It’s cute and saucy and romantic and full-of-life. In terms of period pleasure reading, I don’t expect to ever find its equal.