Emma Author:Jane Austen With an afterword by Graham Hough, — New American Library publishes Signet Mentor Classic, Plume, Meridian & NAL Books: — " 'Emma' represents the mature flowering of Jane Austen's singular genius. Set in a world the author made uniquely her own -- the world of country gentry in Regency England -- the novel centers upon a supremely self-assured yo... more »ung lady, determined to arrange her life and the lives of all around her into a pattern dictated by her romantic fancy.
By turn intelligent and foolish, wreaking havoc with the best intentions, Miss Emma Woodhouse is a captivating embodiment of feminine contradiction, portrayed with the stylistic grace, the wit, and the wisdom that have ensured Jane Austen's continuing popularity.
The book's resourceful narrative technique -- with its masterly use of point of view and its skillful employment of the elements of mystery -- makes it, in the words of Frank O'Connor, 'a delight and a flattery for the knowing type of reader.' Graham Hough writes: '"Emma" has a good claim to be the most perfect of Jane Austen's novels, the one in which comedy and gravity, irony and sympathy, are most completely blended.'"« less