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Emma is the story of the eponymous Miss Woodhouse who, having lost her close companion Anne Taylor to marriage, sets out on an ill-fated career of match-making in the town of Highbury. Taking as her subject the pretty but dreary Harriet Smith, she manages to cause misunderstandings with every new tactic she employs. Though precious and spoilt, Emma is charming to all around her and so it takes her some time to learn her lesson and profit from spending less time worrying about how other people should live their lives. Emma is Austen's most technically accomplished novel, with a hidden plot, the full implications of which are only revealed by a second reading. It is here presented for the first time with a full scholarly apparatus. The text retains the spelling and the punctuation of the first edition of 1816, allowing readers to see the novel as Austen's contemporaries first encountered it. The volume provides comprehensive explanatory notes, an extensive critical introduction covering the context and publication history of the work, a chronology of Austen's life, and an authoritative textual apparatus. This edition is an indispensable resource for all scholars and readers of Austen.
Cambridge University Press
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"Alright I always feel like I need to read Jane Austin to be cultured but I just can’t. I got through this book and it was entertaining in some ways but Emma is so obnoxious and I just don’t understand the hype. Please tell me if I’m missing something. Also is the point of every Jane Austin book just to reject the ways of society cause that’s all I’m getting right now. "
"Middlemarch by George Eliot!"
"I love the characters in this, especially Emma. "