From the Publisher
The most perfect of Jane Austen's 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 people's
lives-for 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. Elton-and ends with her complacency
shattered, her mind awakened to some of life's more intractable
dilemmas, and her happiness assured.
Austen's 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 characters-some pretentious or
ridiculous, some admirable and moving, all utterly true.
About the Author
Jane Austen (1775-1817) was born in Hampshire,
England, where she spent most of her life. Though she received
little recognition in her lifetime, she came to be regarded as one
of the great masters of the English novel.
About the Book
Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home
and happy disposition seemed to unite some of the best blessings of
existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with
very little to distress or vex her. So begins Jane Austen's comic
masterpiece Emma. In Emma, Austen's prose brilliantly elevates, in
the words of Virginia Woolf, the trivialities of day-to-day
existence, of parties, picnics, and country dances of
early-nineteenth-century life in the English countryside to an
unrivaled level of pleasure for the reader. At the center of this
world is the inimitable Emma Woodhouse, a self-proclaimed
matchmaker who, by the novel's conclusion, just may find herself
the victim of her own best intentions.
This Modern Library Paperback Classics edition includes newly
commissioned notes on the text.
Format: Trade Paperback
Published: September 4, 2007
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0307386848
ISBN - 13: 9780307386847