Emma: A Novel in Three Volumes
Jane Austen had already achieved success as an established writer when Emma, her fourth novel, was published. As in her other works, the plot explores the dependence of 18th century women on marriage in the pursuit of favorable social standing and economic security. Austen's use of biting irony, along with her realism and social commentary, have earned her historical importance to critics and scholars. But it’s her vivid, memorable heroines, beautifully-crafted and satisfying narratives, and creation of a lively comedy of manners among her characters that has endeared her to generations of readers. This novel has been adapted for several films, numerous television programs, and a long list of stage plays.
Austen, Jane, 1775-1817, author
London: Printed for John Murray
3 volumes ; 19 cm
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PR4034 .E4 (3 vols.)
Volume 2, title page
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Curated by Kathleen Siebert Medicus with guest contributors