Emma Author:Jane Austen Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessing of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her. — EMMA (1816) is Jane Austen's most characteristic work. Written with irony, wit, and faultless control, it i... more »s both a novel of intense emotional power and a comic masterpiece.
Convinced that she understands the world, Emma rules over her invalid father and the small social circle of Highbury with well-meaning tyranny. But she is highly fallible where love is concerned, and her failings there cause many misunderstandings - as well as giving the reader much enjoyment as order is restored.
In her new introduction to this edition Terry Castle examines the pleasure given by EMMA's reassuringly stable world and by its comedy, and examines the relationships, imagery, and continuing power of Austen's perhaps greatest novel.« less