Author(s): Jane Austen; Andrew Motion (Introduction by)
Emma" is one of the famous novels by Jane Austen and was first published in 1816. The culmination of Jane Austen's genius, a sparkling comedy of love and marriage. Austen´s novels the heroine Emma Woodhouse shows no real romantic interest in men. Instead of getting involved into a relationship herself she prefers meddling in other people´s lives. She is absolutely self-satisfied, although the conclusions of her imagination and perceptions often lead her astray. But finally, it comes to her self-revelation concerning her own true affections."I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like." (Jane Austen)"Emma" is one of the best-loved and essential classics in English literature. Like Austen´s other novels it retains a fascination for modern readers, and has been adapted for several films as well as for a long list of dramatic plays. Some critics place this novel even higher than Austen´s masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice".
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"Whatever age you are, Austen has something for you. I would go further, in fact, to assert that a reader never comes away from an Austen novel empty-handed" Joanna Trollope "That young lady has a talent for describing the involvements of feelings and characters of ordinary life which is to me the most wonderful I ever met with" -- Sir Walter Scott "I'd like to write a play as perfect as Emma" -- Simon Gray "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" 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
Jane Austen was born in Steventon rectory on 16 December 1775. Her family later moved to Bath, then to Southampton and finally to Chawton in Hampshire. She began writing Pride and Prejudice when she was twenty-two years old. It was originally called First Impressions and was initially rejected by the publishers and only published in 1813 after much revision. She published four of her novels in her lifetime, Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma(1816). Jane Austen died on 18th July 1817. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were both published posthumously in 1818. Andrew Motion has been a lecturer, editor of the Poetry Review, Editorial Director of Chatto & Windus, Poet Laureate, co-founder the Poetry Archive and was knighted for his services to literature in 2009. He is now Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in London. Leanne Shapton is an illustrator, author and publisher based in New York City. http://leanneshapton.com/