Emma (Barnes & Noble Signature Editions)

Emma (Barnes & Noble Signature Editions)

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by Jane Austen
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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:
9781435141087
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
11/01/2012
Series:
Barnes & Noble Signature Editions
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
83,266
File size:
794 KB

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.

Brief Biography

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

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