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Emma is a comedy of manners that follows the meddling and heedless Emma as she attempts to play matchmaker. This Everyman's Library edition is crafted to last through years of reading; it features acid-free natural-cream-colored text paper, a cloth-covered hardcover with stamping, a Smyth-sewn binding, a silk ribbon marker, and a European-style half-round spine style. In addition, this work includes an original introduction by Marilyn Butler, an up-to-date bibliography, and a complete chronology of Jane Austen's life and works. 495 pages, hardcover.
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 1991
Dimensions: 8 X 5 X 1 (inches)
Series: Everyman's Library
The most perfect of Jane Austens perfect novels begins with twenty-one-year-old Emma Woodhouse comfortably dominating the social order in the village of Highbury, convinced that she has both the understanding and the right to manage other peoples livesfor their own good, of course. Her well-meant interfering centers on the aloof Jane Fairfax, the dangerously attractive Frank Churchill, the foolish if appealing Harriet Smith, and the ambitious young vicar Mr. Eltonand ends with her complacency shattered, her mind awakened to some of lifes more intractable dilemmas, and her happiness assured.
Jane Austens comic imagination was so deft and beautifully fluent that she could use it to probe the deepest human ironies while setting before us a dazzling gallery of characterssome pretentious or ridiculous, some admirable and moving, all utterly true.
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After her father died in 1805, the family first moved to Southampton then to Chawton Cottage in Hampshire. Despite this relative retirement, Jane Austen was still in touch with a wider world, mainly through her brothers; one had become a very rich country gentleman, another a London banker, and two were naval officers. Though her many novels were published anonymously, she had many early and devoted readers, among them the Prince Regent and Sir Walter Scott. In 1816, in declining health, Austen wrote Persuasion and revised Northanger Abby. Her last work, Sandition, was left unfinished at her death on July 18, 1817. She was buried in Winchester Cathedral. Austens identity as an author was announced to the world posthumously by her brother Henry, who supervised the publication of Northanger Abby and Persuasion in 1818.
–from the Introduction by Marilyn Butler