ISBN-10: 0393972844

ISBN-13: 9780393972849

Edition: 3rd 2000

Authors: Jane Austen, Stephen M. Parrish

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The text reprinted in this new edition of Austen's comedic novel is based on the 1816 text, which has been carefully edited in light of later editions, including the Chapman edition. "Backgrounds" supplies an abundance of documents that shed light on Austen's life and reveal some of her private attitudes toward her writing. "Reviews and Criticism" presents a wide variety of perspectives, both contemporary and recent, including essays by Sir Walter Scott, Henry James, A. C. Bradley, E. M. Forster, Robert Alan Donovan, Marilyn Butler, Mary Poovey, Claudia Johnson, Juliet McMaster, Ian Watt, and Suzanne Juhasz. New to this edition are essays by Maggie Lane, Edward Copeland, and Linda Troost and Sayre Greenfield, the last of which discusses film adaptations of Emma. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are included.
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List price: $11.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/8/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 464
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works lasting appeal. She is at her best in such books as Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816), in which she examines and often ridicules the behavior of small groups of middle-class characters. Austen relies heavily on conversations among her characters to reveal their personalities, and at times her novels read almost like plays. Several of them have, in fact, been made into films.

Preface to the Third Edition
The Text of Emma
Jane Austen's Life and Her Fiction
Biographical Notice
Memoir of Jane Austen
Letters to Her Sister, Cassandra
[An Account of a Ball, 1800]
[The Events of a Day, 1805]
[The Events of Two Days, 1813]
From The Watsons
[An Account of a Ball, 1803 or Later]
[The Watsons]
Daily Life in Jane Austen's England
Meals and Manners
Rich and Poor
Jane Austen on Her Own Art
Jane Austen's Correspondence with J. S. Clarke
J. S. Clarke to Jane Austen [asking her to write a novel about a clergyman]
Jane Austen to J. S. Clarke [explaining why she cannot]
J. S. Clarke to Jane Austen [asking again]
J. S. Clarke to Jane Austen [proposing a historical romance]
Jane Austen to J. S. Clarke [decisively refusing]
Plan of a Novel, According to Hints from Various Quarters
Reviews and Criticism
[Review of Emma]
The Lady Novelists
The Lesson of Balzac
Jane Austen: A Lecture
Jane Austen, ob. July 18, 1917
Jane Austen
The Limits of Freedom: Emma
The Mind of Jane Austen
The True English Style
Emma: "Woman, lovely woman reigns alone."
Jane Austen and the Traditions of Comic Aggression
Bonnets and Balls: Reading Jane Austen's Letters
Emma Becomes Clueless
Jane Austen: A Chronology
Selected Bibliography
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