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It’s lovely to be young, beautiful, rich, and wise. Emma Woodhouse knows she has been blessed in many ways, not the least of which is in her natural gift for arranging the affairs of others. Having arranged a perfect marriage between her former governess Miss Taylor and the wealthy Mr. Weston—in spite of the doubts cast on her matchmaking prowess by her friend and neighbor Mr. Knightley—Emma launches a plan to save her new protégée, Harriet Smith, from an unsuitable marriage to Robert Martin, a modestly ...

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It’s lovely to be young, beautiful, rich, and wise. Emma Woodhouse knows she has been blessed in many ways, not the least of which is in her natural gift for arranging the affairs of others. Having arranged a perfect marriage between her former governess Miss Taylor and the wealthy Mr. Weston—in spite of the doubts cast on her matchmaking prowess by her friend and neighbor Mr. Knightley—Emma launches a plan to save her new protégée, Harriet Smith, from an unsuitable marriage to Robert Martin, a modestly prosperous farmer.

     The plan begins to go awry when Mr. Elton, the village vicar, who is her intended match for Harriet, misconstrues Emma’s attentions. Things degenerate further with the arrivals of Mr. Weston’s wealthy, handsome, charming son Frank Churchill and the beautiful and accomplished Jane Fairfax. Emma sees Frank as a new potential husband for Harriet, while others believe his sights are set directly on Emma, who has vowed never to marry. She keeps a wary eye on Jane, but Jane has worries of her own. Meanwhile, the normally clear-eyed, self-possessed Mr. Knightley is suddenly acting strangely.

     In Emma Woodhouse, Jane Austen has created a heroine whom, she said, “no-one but myself will much like.” In fact, Emma is a complex and recognizable character whose many faults and flaws are balanced by a generous heart and, ultimately, the rare and priceless ability to be honest with herself.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435136687
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 3/19/2012
  • Series: Barnes & Noble Signature Editions
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Austen was born in Steventon, Hampshire, England, in 1775. After two decades of experimentation, writing, and extensive revisions, she published her first four novels anonymously between 1811 and 1815. Her two final novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published in 1818, the year after her death. She is buried in Winchester Cathedral.

Biography

In 1801, George Austen retired from the clergy, and Jane, Cassandra, and their parents took up residence in Bath, a fashionable town Jane liked far less than her native village. Jane seems to have written little during this period. When Mr. Austen died in 1805, the three women, Mrs. Austen and her daughters, moved first to Southampton and then, partly subsidized by Jane's brothers, occupied a house in Chawton, a village not unlike Jane's first home. There she began to work on writing and pursued publishing once more, leading to the anonymous publication of Sense and Sensibility in 1811 and Pride and Prejudice in 1813, to modestly good reviews.

Known for her cheerful, modest, and witty character, Jane Austen had a busy family and social life, but as far as we know very little direct romantic experience. There were early flirtations, a quickly retracted agreement to marry the wealthy brother of a friend, and a rumored short-lived attachment -- while she was traveling -- that has not been verified. Her last years were quiet and devoted to family, friends, and writing her final novels. In 1817 she had to interrupt work on her last and unfinished novel, Sanditon, because she fell ill. She died on July 18, 1817, in Winchester, where she had been taken for medical treatment. After her death, her novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were published, together with a biographical notice, due to the efforts of her brother Henry. Austen is buried in Winchester Cathedral.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      December 16, 1775
    2. Place of Birth:
      Village of Steventon in Hampshire, England
    1. Date of Death:
      July 18, 1817
    2. Place of Death:
      Winchester, Hampshire, England
    1. Education:
      Taught at home by her father

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2010

    Here be a Knightly lover

    While I love Pride and Prejudice the best, Emma is definitely my second favorite of Ausent's works. I prefer the story of the former novel, but other than that I can say that I love, love, absolutely love Emma. As much as I adore Mr. Darcy (Along with every other female in the world) it must be confessed that I am madly in love with Mr. Knightly, and I read the entire book just for the scenes he is in. Although Pride and Prejudice can be called perfect, I find the Declaration-of-Love scene in Emma to be much more endearing and wonderful. I find that love of Pride and Prejudice generally has to be shared, since it is such a well known story, even to the most illiterate of people. As Emma is not as ubiquitously loved, I feel like the book has a more exclusive place in my heart, and that makes me love it all the more.

    19 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2010

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    Emma

    Emma is a hilarious novel which I thoroughly enjoyed. As I escaped into the twists and turns of the social circle in Emma's small town, I found myself laughing, crying, berating characters, and gushing about how much I loved this book. Emma's blindness to what is going on around her in the way of love endears her even more. Emma is beautiful, charming, and what every young lady in those days ought to be. She's a dutiful daughter, and usually very proper, though she has a love of matchmaking, something she really isn't very good at. She encounters very memorable characters and finds herself in the end.

    11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2008

    Great Read

    This book is inscrutable.

    7 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2012

    Need A Book You Can't Put Down?

    Jane Austen is one of the most talented novelists I know of. The first book I read by Austen is Pride and Prejudice, and when I had the opportunity to read another for pleasure as well as academics, I couldn’t pass it up. The novel, Emma, consists of advanced vocabulary and complex word phrasing, but with a dictionary by my side, nothing was in my way.

    Once I picked it up, it was hard to put it back down. In the novel Emma, Emma Woodhouse is the only lady in the house of many men. She therefore makes all the important decisions and has a degree of power and independence. Throughout the life of Emma, there are many situations in which any typical teenage girl can relate to. Emma doesn’t believe in finding her so called soul mate, so she meddles with others’ to help them find theirs. Regardless, she is admired and respected by all. One of the most powerful messages I acquired from this novel is learning that you cannot prevent the inevitable. Whatever road you are on is the one you are meant to take. To get to the man of her dreams, Mr. Knightley, it wasn't quite the simplest road ever. She goes through five weddings, a half-dozen major misunderstandings, and 400 pages pass before she learns of it, but Emma's ending is as happy and triumphant as the close of Pride and Prejudice.

    In the beginning of the book up until about the 250 page mark, the story is somewhat slow, but as Emma discovers that her love matchmaking isn’t quite working out for her, Mr. Knightley’s charm speeds up the book. Although the language is somewhat difficult to interpret, it's worth the read. The story is witty, charming and full of loveable characters. I guarantee that you will have the hardest time putting the book down.

    Although Emma is one of the longer books Jane Austen has written, it is inspirational in every way from beginning to end. It is a comedy of Emma as she learns to find her happily ever after. Emma is, without a doubt, one of the best books I have read in a very long time. I rarely ever have the time to pick up a well written book and read it from front to back, but I can honestly say that this book fulfilled that need; definitely a good book to pick up on a rainy weekend.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

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    Only first half of book with lots of misprints

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    Stop

    Please stop chatting if you want to chat go txt on your phones

    2 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Badly formatted

    Odd characters interspursed with text. Words are mashed up.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2011

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    Love this book!!!

    Emma loves matchmaking, but is not very good at it. She is entertaining to read about and this is very romantic. She steers her friend the wrong way, and is all jumbled up at first, but in the end it is fantastic and you will be glad you took the time to read it!! I highly recommend, no faults, and have fun reading this :)

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    Emma... nothing vexing about her.

    This novel is my favorite by Miss Jane Austen. It is witty and entertaining. Despite what Miss Austen believed about her heroine in this novel, Miss Emma Woodhouse is endearing and well loved by readers.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2014

    Safety of The Children Inc.

    Kids like 10+ use these so when they open up classics to buy them and look at the reviews to see if there good and all they see is YOUR nasty,racist,innapropiate comments and reviews. Reviews are to tell how much you liked the book not to be weird or gross. I think this book is gping to be GREAT. THAT is a review people!!!!! THAT IS A REVIEW!! Now spread the word is you agree with me.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2010

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    Witty, Charming, Exciting

    Jane Austen truly expresses her greatest knack for writing in her novel, Emma. Miss Woodhouse's character as well as the characters of Miss Smith, Mr. Knightley, and others show great contrast, yet great coordination and interaction between each other. Emma is definitely a must-read for everyone, from those who hardly ever have time to read to the most dedicated bibliophiles.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 2, 2009

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    Pretty good stuff

    I loved Emma. Then again, I also loved Clueless, and guess which one was easier to get through?

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2006

    Emma

    READER BEWARE! This is one of the best of only 6 amazing completed masterpieces by Jane Austen. Despite being written so long ago Jane Austen¿s work can be as engaging (and even addicting) as any modern novel. Read this treasured title with care as the author will be unable to write another.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2005

    MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE!

    I LOVE EMMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is an exquisite book. I had a very hard time putting it down.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2014

    I'm freaking sick of these anonymouspeople I am sick of...

    These anonymous people who are obviously doing nothing with their lives and blowing up the customer reviews with their BS bios. I actually am an avid customer and need tknow which e-books work properly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2014

    War

    Bam! What. Later.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2014

    Lily

    OMG YEES! Alex, be on tomorrow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2014

    Alex

    Shi.t i have to go you win.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    Tess

    Peeks through the window a second time and ducks again jumping into a random bush

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    Madi

    Yes but i can still fu.ck u

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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