Emma (5th edition)

ISBN : 9780198837756

Jane Austen; John Mullan
448 Pages
129 x 196 mm
Pub date
Sep 2021
Oxford World's Classics
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  • One of Austen's five major novels in a new, updated edition
  • The longest and most intricately plotted of all her works, it is designed to trick the reader as well as to engage his or her powers of inference
  • Includes a new introduction from John Mullan celebrating Austen's experimental use of dialogue and style, and her use of comedy
  • Updated notes, chronology, and bibliography

New to this Edition:

  • Updated notes, chronology, and bibliography
  • Includes a new introduction from John Mullan

'I wonder what will become of her!'
So speculate the friends and neighbours of Emma Woodhouse, the lovely, lively, wilful,and fallible heroine of Jane Austen's fourth published novel. Confident that she knows best, Emma schemes to find a suitable husband for her pliant friend Harriet, only to discover that she understands the feelings of others as little as she does her own heart. As Emma puzzles and blunders her way through the mysteries of her social world, Austen evokes for her readers a cast of unforgettable characters and a detailed portrait of a small town undergoing historical transition.
Written with matchless wit and irony, judged by many to be her finest novel, Emma has been adapted many times for film and television. This new edition emphasises the novel's extraordinary technical audacity. While apparently conservative in its choice of setting and range of characters, it was - and is - a formally revolutionary work.


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A Chronology of Jane Austen

Explanatory Notes

About the author: 

Jane Austen and Edited by John Mullan, Professor of English, University College London
John Mullan is Professor of English at University College London. He has previously edited editions of Daniel Defoe's Roxana (2008) and Samuel Johnson's The Lives of the Poets (2009) for Oxford World's Classics as well as Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility (2019). He is the author of What Matters in Jane Austen? (Bloomsbury, 2012), Anonymity: A Secret History of English Literature (Faber & Faber, 2008), and How Novels Work (OUP, 2006).

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