Book - 2012 | Annotated ed.
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"Emma, perhaps the most technically accomplished of all of Austen's novels, is also, after Pride and Prejudice, her most popular one. Its numerous film and television adaptations testify to the world's enduring affection for the headstrong, often misguided Emma Woodhouse and her many romantic schemes. Like the previous volumes in Harvard's celebrated annotated Austen series, Emma: An Annotated Edition is a beautiful and illuminating gift edition that will be treasured by readers. Stimulating and helpful annotations appear in the book's margins, offering information, definitions, and commentary. In his Introduction, Bharat Tandon suggests several ways to approach the novel, enabling a larger appreciation of its central concerns and accomplishments. Appearing throughout the book are many illustrations, often in color, which help the reader to better picture the Regency-era world that serves as the stage for Emma's matchmaking adventures. Whether explaining the intricacies of early nineteenth-century dinner etiquette or speculating on Highbury's deliberately imprecise geographical location, Tandon serves as a delightful and entertaining guide. For those coming to the novel for the first time or those returning to it, Emma: An Annotated Edition offers a valuable portal to Austen's world"--Jacket.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012.
Edition: Annotated ed.
ISBN: 9780674048843
Characteristics: ix, 560 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Tandon, Bharat


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Jan 23, 2019

A huge volume! Because of all the pictures and annotations. Some of these gave interesting insights, like the significance of Augusta Hawkins' father being a businessman from Bristol. Some were of rather tenuous relevance. I would have preferred to see more illustrations from the original editions. Also, spoiler warning if you are reading Emma for the first time, you should ignore the annotations.
The novel itself is an amusing and revealing peek into the lives of genteel country people of 18th Century England. Very very class conscious. Emma is a total snob and wrong about a lot of things but still a sympathetic character.

Feb 02, 2013

Jane Austen?s faultless story of meddling Emma Woodhouse has gotten a new annotated version. The annotation runs from very scholarly as regards her writing style to notes on what various movie adaptations have done to bring the story to film. There?s something for everyone in this hefty volume.


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