Emma

Publisher: Vintage Classics
'The real evils, indeed, of Emma's situation were the power of having rather too much her own way, and a disposition to think a little too well of herself." --Emma, Jane Austen
     Emma is young, rich and independent. She has decided not to get married and instead spends her time organising her acquaintances' love affairs. Her plans for the matrimonial success of her new friend Harriet, however, lead her into complications that ultimately test her own detachment from the world of romance. 

   • All of Austen's six major novels rejacketed in beautiful new series style by hipster illustrator Leanne Shapton 

   • With a new introduction by Andrew Motion

READING GUIDE

1. Describe the class and rank of various characters in the village of Highbury. Compare the positions of Mr. Weston, Mr. Elton, Miss Taylor, Harriet, and Emma with others in Highbury. How do matters of class affect the interaction of these characters, and would you describe class as being rigid or flexible as it is...

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PRAISE FOR

 • "Austen's characters are unquestionably one key to her greatness. Her understanding of the human heart is forensic and also frosted with the necessary detachment that gives deeper meaning to her rendering of human frailty. In Emma, Jane Austen shows us the halting development of an adolescent girl from perky narcissism to something approaching empathy." --Guardian

 • "It is the cleverest of books. I especially love the dialogue -- every speech reveals the characters' obsessions and preoccupations, yet it remains perfectly natural...absolutely gripping." --Susannah Clarke