September 6, 2011
September 6, 2011
Emma Woodhouse believes herself to be an excellent matchmaker, though she herself does not plan on marrying. But as she meddles in the relationships of others, she causes confusion and misunderstandings throughout the village, and she just may be overlooking a true love of her own.
First published in 1816, Jane Austen's EMMA is about an unconventional heroine--and one whom Austen thought no one but herself would like. Emma Woodhouse is bright, beautiful, and rich; she is also snobbish and judgmental, and she can be cruel, with a tendency to interfere in other people's lives. The novel chronicles Emma's attempts to make a match between a hapless vicar who is, in fact, enamored of Emma herself, and her friend Harriet, a poor and simple young woman in love with a farmer. Unlike many of Austen's heroines, Emma is possessed of very little good sense; her absurd machinations complicate the lives of everyone involved--and, needless to say, get nowhere. Emma, however, learns from her mistakes and gains some badly needed insight into herself as she discovers her feelings for the older, steady, aristocratic Mr. Knightley. The novel moves toward a not unexpected but perfectly satisfying conclusion, and in the process introduces Austen's usual cast of amusing, pretentious, hypocritical, and/or dim-witted characters, including the appalling, nouveau riche Mrs. Elton, and Emma's widowed father, one of the most insufferable (and delightful) neurotics in literature.
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: Classics, Family + Friendship, Human Qualities + Behavior, Settings, Humorous Fiction, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Love + Relationships + Sex, General
- Age: Teen
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Jane Austen
- Online Item #: 13662819
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-70-9352
- ISBN: 9780142419687
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported