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Emma Woodhouse is a wealthy, exquisite, and thoroughly self-deluded young woman who has "lived in the world with very little to distress or vex her."

Jane Austen exercises her taste for cutting social observation and her talent for investing seemingly trivial events with profound moral significance as Emma traverses a gentle satire of provincial balls and drawing rooms, along the way encountering the sweet Harriet Smith, the chatty and tedious Miss Bates, and her absurd father Mr. Woodhouse–a memorable gallery of Austen's finest personages. Thinking herself impervious to romance of any kind, Emma tries to arrange a wealthy marriage for poor Harriet, but refuses to recognize her own feelings for the gallant Mr. Knightley. What ensues is a delightful series of scheming escapades in which every social machination and bit of "tittle-tattle" is steeped in Austen's delicious irony. Ultimately, Emma discovers that "Perfect happiness, even in memory, is not common."

Virginia Woolf called Jane Austen "the most perfect artist among women," and Emma Woodhouse is arguably her most perfect creation. Though Austen found her heroine to be a person whom "no one but myself will much like," Emma is her most cleverly woven, riotously comedic, and pleasing novel of manners.

Steven Marcus is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, and a specialist in nineteenth-century literature and culture. A fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Literary Studies, he has received Fulbright, American Council of Learned Societies, Guggenheim, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Rockefeller, and Mellon grants. He is the author of more than 200 publications.

Topical Term: Fathers and daughters
Female friendship
Mate selection
Young women
Publisher: New York, NY : Barnes & Noble Classics : Fine Creative Media, c2004
ISBN: 9781593083342
Characteristics: xci, 451 p. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Marcus, Steven
Blake, Victoria


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When I was in eighth grade in Vermont, my classmates and I had to do presentations on an area of our expertise. The boy before me did hunting, and described killing a deer, skinning the animal and tanning the leather himself, while passing around the deer hide as a visual aid. I followed with a p... Read More »

Jane Austen captured "youthful hubris and the perils of misconstrued romance" with this beloved book.

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Jun 08, 2020

Thoroughly delightful. A real pleasure to read. I love Austen's wit and her command of language is worthy of marvel.

May 31, 2020

Jane Austin helps you feel like you are there, experiencing what Emma is feeling, by the way she writes Ms. Bates' or Mrs. Elton's endless chatter. I myself was exasperated and confused trying to follow some of it. But by the end, when mystery is revealed, everything fell into place and I fully knew why Jane Austin took hours upon hours to explain everything in depth. If you have the time, I highly recommend "Emma."

Mar 03, 2020

Not one of my favorites by Austen. It is too predictable . . . and slow to get to the resolution. But I am glad I read it.

happyreader64 Oct 06, 2019

Emma, is my 3rd Jane Austin book that I've read. I really enjoyed this story. The author has a wonderful knack for expanding the characters in such a way that the reader feels as though they know them personally.
Emma's growth in the story is exponential from the beginning to the end.
It also made watching the movie so much more enjoyable to read the book first.

bibliosara Oct 03, 2019

One of my favorite Jane Austen novels (who am I kidding? They are all my favorite!), Emma focuses on a young matchmaker whose efforts seem to spiral out of control. What follows is a delightful – and insightful – exploration of romance, friendship, and the responsibilities we have for one another as decent human beings. Emma's fall from grace awakes something in each of us that has us reconsider our own presumptions and actions toward others. As good a social commentary as the rest of Austen's titles, Emma is also a comedic romance that will give you every kind of fuzzy baby bunny and butterflies kinda feeling there is. (And, if you are looking for a film adaptation, the 1996 version is excellent and closely holds to the novel - although I haven't watched the other adaptations to compare... yet.)

AnnabelleLee27 Mar 21, 2019

This Jane Austen novel is light-hearted and often very perceptive and witty. However, Emma's romance feels unconvincing, flat, and rushed which is strange for such a slow moving story. It was delightful to hear it read by a narrator with a strong British accent.

Feb 27, 2019

Among all Jane Austen's splendid works, Emma is the one which gives me the most pleasure simply as a read. Sure, there's plenty of humor here, as the overconfident Emma is constantly misjudging situations, and the understated Mr. Knightley patiently counsels her. But over it all is a glorious text.

Feb 14, 2019

a heroine whom no one but the authoress could like........of course that is not true. This is a well loved book.

Jun 21, 2018

Comedy to escape to for readers with “idle” time, no idle mind induced, but reprieved from reading of serious social realism. Touch of farcical and satirical effect may be the outcome of subconscious effort, reveals Jane Austen’s linguistic talent especially considering her limited experience and restricted exposure.
I liked Emma character (though she often acted against the honest and straightforward way, she’s the opposite of hypocrite.), no less than the book. Jane Fairfax and Mr. Knightly, the only characters that were not mocked, whom I liked the least, less than Mrs. Elton and Frank Churchill.
Remarkably, these characters are timeless and can be who we are.

Jun 14, 2018

I read Pride and Prejudice a few years ago, and was looking forward to reading another one of Jane Austen's classics. I was very disappointed with Emma. Emma, the main character, is a rich dull woman with first world problems.

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Aug 26, 2016

'I never have been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall.'

Aug 04, 2015

Mr. Knightley, in fact, was one of the few people who could see faults in Emma Woodhouse and the only one who ever told her of them. . . .

May 20, 2015

He has imposed on me, but he has not injured me.

Jul 17, 2013

Nonsensical girl!

-Mr. Knightley

Jul 29, 2012

" I lay it down as a general rule, Harriet, that if a woman doubts as to whether to accept a man or not, she certainly ought to refuse him." - Emma to Harriet

Jul 11, 2012

I am quite enough in love. I should be sorry to be more.

crystal_dark Nov 03, 2011

“Perhaps it is our imperfections that make us so perfect for one another!”

Dec 19, 2010

"Ah! There is nothing like staying home for real comfort."


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