Emma (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)
Emma is young, rich, and independent. She has decided to never marry and instead spends her time organizing her acquaintances’ love affairs. Her plans for the matrimonial success of her new friend Harriet, however, lead her into complications that ultimately test her own detachment from the world of romance.
About the Author
Jane Austen is a renowned Regency novelist. Her other works include Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.
"Austen's characters are unquestionably one key to her greatness. Her understanding of the human heart is forensic and also frosted with the necessary detachment that gives deeper meaning to her rendering of human frailty . . . In Emma, Jane Austen shows us the halting development of an adolescent girl from perky narcissism to something approaching empathy." —Guardian
"How could these novels ever seem remote . . . the gaiety is unextinguished today, the irony has kept its bite, the reasoning is still sweet, the sparkle undiminished, as comedies they are irresistibly and as nearly flawless as any fiction could be." —Eudora Welty
"[Jane Austen] has a talent for describing the involvements of feelings and characters of ordinary life which is to me the most wonderful I ever met with." —Sir Walter Scott
"It is the cleverest of books. I especially love the dialogue — every speech reveals the characters’ obsessions and preoccupations, yet it remains perfectly natural . . . absolutely gripping." —Susannah Clarke
"For those of us who suspect all the mysteries of life are contained in the microcosm of the family, that personal relationships prefigure all else, the work of Jane Austen is the Rosetta Stone of literature." —Anna Quindlen
"I'd like to write a play as perfect as Emma." —Simon Gray