Emma by Jane Asten


Emma is a novel about youthful hubris and romantic misunderstandings, written by Jane Austen. It is set in the fictional country village of Highbury and the surrounding estates of Hartfield, Randalls and Donwell Abbey, and involves the relationships among people from a small number of families. The novel was first published in December 1815, with its title page listing a publication date of 1816. As in her other novels, Austen explores the concerns and difficulties of genteel women living in Georgian–Regency England. Emma is a comedy of manners.

Before she began the novel, Austen wrote, "I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like." In the first sentence, she introduces the title character as "Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and a happy disposition... had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her." Emma is spoiled, headstrong, and self-satisfied; she greatly overestimates her own matchmaking abilities; she is blind to the dangers of meddling in other people's lives; and her imagination and perceptions often lead her astray. wikipedia

Author Jane Austen
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Novel of manners
Set in southern England and Yorkshire, early 19th century
Published 23 December 1815(title page gives 1816)
Publisher John Murray
Media type Print: hardback
Pages 1,036, in three volumes
Dewey Decimal 823.7
LC Class PR4034 .E5
Preceded by Mansfield Park
Followed by Northanger Abbey Wikipedia