The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen: Volume IV: Emma

The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen: Volume IV: Emma


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Emma will be airing in February on A&E from the producer and screenwriter of the enormously popular, critically acclaimed television adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. This volume features tie-in jacket artwork. 353 pp. National ads. 15,000 print.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780192547040
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/28/1988
Series: Oxford Illustrated Austen Series , #4
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 536
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 4.90(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an English author known primarily for her six major novels set among the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Considered defining works of the Regency Era and counted among the best-loved classics of English literature, Austen’s books include Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion. The latter two were published after her death.

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


Taught at home by her father

What People are Saying About This

Harold. Bloom

"To me, as an American critic, Emma seems the most Englilsh of English novels....It is Austin's masterpiece, the largest triumph of her vigorous art."

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Emma 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 641 reviews.
Jakabooboo More than 1 year ago
I'm deleting from my nook and re-purchasing the B&N Classics edition. This one has tons and tons of mistakes. Boooo!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not finish reading the book so many mistakes!!!! GET ANOTHER VERSION!!!!! For instance, instead of s in house there was A making houae instead of house!!! GET ANOTHER VERSION
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really hard to read random symbols and spaces fill this book, it really disappointed me :(
Alison Roane More than 1 year ago
Do not download!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So many misprints! Whats the point of a free book if you cant read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only first volume with many misprints
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow at first but in the middle it gets good. Emma is such a funny character. And mr knightley is charming.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The text of this free book is decent-definitely better than a lot of other free nook books! A few missing words and random symbols for letters, but I could usually make it out. I'd read it before though. The book itself is excellent. The copy is alright
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a ton of romance but this edition is not good just on one page there are a ton of mistakes for instance it says sxteen instead of sixteen and another word I can't even tell what it is but I love Jane Austen
V_LynnTX More than 1 year ago
Another masterpiece by Harvard University Press!! If you love Jane Austen's works, you're going to LOVE this as well! The story is wonderful all in itself, but the addition of the notations & illustrations along the margins gives the reader more detail & understanding of the times when this was written. I have thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I knew I would - I also own the previous two annotated editions done by HPU in this format, Pride & Prejudice and Persuasion. Can't wait for the rest of them to done so that I can add them to my collection!!
ragwaine on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Couldn't finish. Chick book, writing not great.
jayne_charles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The marriage game again, but done in a more playful style. I liked the way the story was structured - you could see what was going to happen, but it was fun watching it unfold.
foomy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Though it was a must-read during my English literature class, I would read it over and over again because each character reminds me of someone I know!
Hoperin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm kind of torn on this one. On one hand, I found huge chunks of this book dry, I think largely caused by its formality between the characters. Not necessarily a fault, by any means, I just found the exchanges tedious. On the other hand, I was reacting strongly to Emma and many other characters the whole time; an initial strong dislike of Emma and pity for Harriet, always strongly agreeing with Mr. Knightley in my head, ect. The characters (and my need to finish any book I start) are what kept me turning pages, and I'm glad I stuck with it because I found the third 'book' delightfully twisty and unexpected. Much to my surprise I found myself hurt, on Emma's behalf, to find that Jane had been snubbing her, and hoping she would end up with Mr. So and so, as well as fearful for poor Harriet's heart breaking once again.I feel like I would read the second half of this book over and over, but I just can not imagine myself attempting the whole length of it cover to cover, so I can really only rate it as a three (or maybe a four...).
herebedragons on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've had this on my "to read" list for quite a while, but funnily enough decided to read it now in preparation for the release of the final Harry Potter book. There's been so much talk about how much this book influenced Rowling, I thought it would be good to read it now. I started it hoping for some insight to what JKR might do in the final book, but once I got reading, Rowling and the young wizard both left my mind. (So, I can't say that it opened up any new speculations for that series)."Emma" started off a bit slow, but once it got going, I found it quite a page-turner. Emma, even though she is still very young, is basically the head of her household, as her father is a fretful, ineffectual man who allows others to "handle" him easily. Fortunately, Emma is basically a good-hearted young woman who makes (mostly) good decisions, and (usually) behaves properly, and always with great consideration for her father. At the outset of the book, we learn that she thinks herself an excellent matchmaker and decides that she is going to help her newly cultivated friend, Harriet, find the perfect husband. Emma herself, however, intends never to marry and ruin what seems to her an already perfect life. Throughout the book, she pokes her nose into situations that would perhaps better be left alone, and behaves in ways which are destined to be misinterpreted by others (although she's unaware of this at the time). All this, of course, leads to what are supposed to be some interesting twists and turns in the plot.***The rest of this review contains MAJOR SPOILERS including what happens at the end of the book***Austen's books are always a look into a world that is different from my own, and yet some things never change. She drew many wonderful characters in this book, although I did find a few of them to be off-puttingly obnoxious. Not more obnoxious, perhaps, than characters in some of her other books, but they seemed to have a lot more page-time (and dialogue in particular) than I remember being the case in other of Austen's books. Of course, Mrs. Elton was utterly loathesome, and in need of a major smackdown. I also quickly tired of Mr. Woodhouse. Sweet man though he was said to be, his constant worrying was very tiresome, and I could have done without quite so much of it. While these characters annoyed me, it wasn't because they were unbelievable; on the contrary, I've known people like both of them. I just don't have as much patience with either sort as Emma did. I found that with this book, also perhaps more than in others by Austen, I had to consciously "turn off" some of my modern sensibility while reading. Class and wealth and everyone knowing their proper place (and staying in it) is always a theme, and one that was relevant to the time and place in which these books were written, but somehow in this book I found it more oppressive than usual. Emma and those around her are very concerned with maintaining the status-quo in regards to their relationships, and in the course of the story, Austen plays with this quite a bit. As Emma wonders just how much her friend Harriet's low birth might be outweighed by her wonderful personal qualities, we're led to wonder as well, which sets up most of the tension for the whole story. It turns out, though, that "playing" with this is all Austen does; she proves herself to be conservative, and none of her characters rock the boat by marrying outside of their class.I will say, in relation to the above comments, that one of the things that puzzled me about this book was that it's considered a masterpiece of narrative misdirection, and is said to end with a monumental twist. Narrative misdirection, perhaps, but it was one that never really sucked me in. It was obvious Emma was convincing herself of things that were not true. Mr. Elton was clearly was courting Emma, not Harriet, and for Emma to be blind to that made me stop trusting her judgement, so later in the story I didn't buy into any misdirection.
Clif on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jane Austen wrote about everyday life among the lower English gentry of the early 19th Century. Thus, the book's characters are concerned about social class in ways that seem a bit strange to a 21st Century American reader. A modern reader is likely to find that the book consists of much 19th Century dialog about trifles. It is that, but Austen's skill as a writer is apparent in the way she portrays character traits and personalities through their spoken words. It seems as though half the words in the book are contained within quotation marks. But at truly climatic moments the story's narration slips inside the minds of the story's characters to describe their feelings.Emma, in the book, is preoccupied with social class and match making while at the same time claiming no interest in marriage for herself. The story shows Emma's busy-body approach failing to achieve her desired goals in most cases. Her self perceived ability to understand the feelings of others is repeatedly found to be leading her to incorrect conclusions. But never fear, this is 19th Century writing so things will be OK in the end.Some reviewers note that the book shows how women of that era were dependent on men for their security. That may be true, but this is a story about English gentry who have a quite pleasant life. (The servants hover in the background and are given about as much attention as we give to our kitchen appliances.) The women in this story may not be liberated in the modern feminist sense, but they appear comfortable with their environment. The historical context within which Jane Austen wrote is what makes her books interesting to me. She predates the Bronte sisters, George Eliot and Mary Shelley. So I guess that makes Jane Austen the mother of the English novel. Jane Austen also predates Dickens and Hardy. Unfortunately, her being female had little impact on her contemporaries because all her novels were published anonymously during her lifetime. Jane Austen was a natural born writer starting at a young age. However, it can be argued that her books may never have been published had her family not been experiencing financial difficulties. (I need to acknowledge here that Ann Radcliffe was a published female author prior to Jane Austen. So it may be a bit too generous to call Jane Austen the mother of the English novel.)
MsNikki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sigh I've read Emma, Sense & Sensibility and Pride & Prejudice, and loved them all. I need to read the rest but Austen has already secured her place as one of my favourite authors.
coolcat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Took me about a year to finish reading it due to other more easy reading books. But towards 2/3 of the book, I was hooked proper. I laughed at every other delightful sentence that graced its pages. How marvellous it must be not read to books written in terse, choppy sentences that are lining up our bookshelves these days. This is the first Jane Austen novel I've finished reading and I'm starting on my next. Hopefully, it'll take less than a year to complete reading the second one.
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Emma Woodhouse is a rich young lady living in a small community. She is practically the head of her household, independent and lively, and a little spoiled. She becomes friends with another young woman, Harriet, the illegitimate daughter of no one knows who, but Emma is certain that no gentleman farmer is good enough for Harriet. She is determined to make a better match for her friend. At the same time, the stepson of her old governess, Mrs. Weston, comes for a visit and starts to show Emma every attention. I always find it hardest to convey what I think and feel about books that are so beloved they have become old friends. Emma is one such book that I have read and reread it since I was a teenager. When I was younger, it was my favorite of the three (now four) Austen novels I had read. My relationship to the characters and the story has changed with time, however, and having shortly reread Pride and Prejudice (my current favorite, in case you were wondering), I couldn't help but compare the two in my mind's eye. Emma Woodhouse and Elizabeth Bennet are nearly the same age, but Emma seems to me much the younger of the two. Indeed, I think one of the reasons I loved Emma as a teenager was because I could related to her youth and naivete when it came to individuals and their relationships to one another. Elizabeth is in some ways much more a woman of the world, while Emma is a little insulated from such things as class. In fact, the treatment of class in Emma struck me more than ever before, as one distinction between characters that governs how much intimacy one can have with another, something that cannot be ignored in terms of Harriet Smith especially, but other characters as well. While still present in Pride and Prejudice, class distinctions are not quite the same hurdle, or at least not so clearly affecting the heroines in their choice of friends. But one of the greatest joys of rereading is rediscovering elements of an old favorite to which I had paid little attention. Though no longer my favorite Austen, Emma still evokes a great deal of affection from me, and I'm sure I will reread it again with pleasure.
atimco on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was perusing a library booksale when a book sporting a familiar title and author caught my eye. Only, the combination of the title and author perplexed me. I'm a big fan of Jane Austen's Emma, but had no idea that Charlotte Brontë wrote a book with the same title! Upon studying the back cover, I learned that this was one of those unfinished works completed by that coy nom de plume, "Another Lady." What the back cover didn't tell me, however, was that Brontë only wrote two rough chapters of Emma before she died. "Another Lady" ¿ whom Google has revealed to be one Constance Savery ¿ concocted the rest of the tale from the hints of those two chapters. I'm torn between admiration for the magnitude of such an undertaking and disappointment in the lackluster result.By all rights, I should have liked this book. It's a Gothic-y mystery with moors (well, a little), abductions, secrets, and coincidences worthy of a true 19th-century novel. But the plot is rather predictable... even I guessed what would happen, and that's never a good sign. The characters are fairly flat, and the whole thing just feels forced. I didn't hate the book, but I was glad that it was slim. I'd be done with it quickly.Like Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, the story bears the name of its villainess, who overshadows everything with her malice despite having very little "screen time." But Emma is an infinitely weaker book. Emma is evil, sure, but why? How did she get that way? Rebecca's natural bent for evil is intensified by Danvers' indulgent, worshipful upbringing. No such explanation is given for Emma's personality. Even that would be all right if Emma just had a believable motive for hating her stepmother, Mrs. Chalfont. Emma never meets Mrs. Chalfont at all ¿ in fact, she runs off with her brothers the day of the wedding and they move in with their grandparents so as to never meet their stepmother, out of apparent hatred. But why? It wasn't as if Emma was devoted to her father and was jealous of the new wife... It just doesn't make sense.There are other weak characterizations; Guy and Laurence Chalfont come to mind especially. Martina, whose parentage is the mystery of the tale, is rather too precious at times. I found Mr. Ellin too nice, too convenient to be really three-dimensional. Only Mrs. Chalfont, who (true to Brontë's style) narrates the story, is marginally more interesting and believable than the others. The chapters with Mrs. Chalfont observing Martina are very reminiscent of Lucy Snowe with Paulina in Villette.No doubt Emma suffers from being compared to Brontë's other works, but even without that comparison I don't think I would have liked it. I'm glad I read the book to know about it for myself, but I don't think I will ever reread. I would recommend this to Brontë completists only ¿ and maybe not even you, as this is much more Savery than Brontë.
Arctic-Stranger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of Jane Austin's most fun books. Emma is one of Austin's typical Can't-see-the-nose-on-her-face heroine, and her misadventures are quite entertaining.
arteehazari on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book true reflections of Jane Austen's work. Loved it for the classiness of it but then Jane is one of my favorite authors. A story woven around the matchmaker's mind.
Schmerguls on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
1190. Emma, by Jane Austen (20 Oct 1972) This is an enthralling book. It was the fifth work I read by Jane Austen, and everyone I found a most enjoyable read. (My comment made immediately after reading the book is mostly a summary of the story line.)
athene1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Smart, enjoyable read. Not much exuberant passion is displayed by Austen, but it lays beneath the words.