Jane Austen's sparkling novel in a pocket hardback edition
Jane Austen was born in 1775 in rural Hampshire, the daughter of an affluent village rector who encouraged her in her artistic pursuits. In novels such as Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Emma she developed her subtle analysis of contemporary life through depictions of the middle-classes in small towns. Her sharp wit and incisive portraits of ordinary people have given her novels enduring popularity. She died in 1817.
It's provincial, opaque, sparkling and wonderfully optimistic while
being at the same time tinged with intimations of sorrow and
mortality. -- Robert McCrum, 'The 100 best novels' * The Guardian
Emma's brilliance-its enduring status as a masterpiece of fiction-is that it puts us in the position of the less-clever-than-she-thinks-she-is heroine -- Devoney Looser * Literary Hub *
Emma seems to know more about our hearts that we ever do, no matter how old or experienced we may think we are. -- Luke McGrath * Huffpost *