The Annotated Emma by Jane Austen

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...Emma endures over time because, despite some dated manners and ideas, its romantic story and charming characters remain endlessly entertaining.


Beautiful, clever, rich - and single - Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protge Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen's most flawless work.

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One of England’s most beloved authors, Jane Austen wrote such classic novels as Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and Northanger Abbey. Published anonymously during her life, Austen’s work was renowned for its realism, humour, and commentary on English social rites and society at the time. Austen’s writing was supported by her family, particularly by her brother, Henry, and sister, Cassandra, who is believed to have destroyed, at Austen’s request, her personal correspondence after Austen’s death in 1817. Austen’s authorship was revealed by her nephew in A Memoir of Jane Austen, published in 1869, and the literary value of her work has since been recognized by scholars around the world.
Published January 11, 2016 by Filibooks. 265 pages
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Reviewed by Jennifer Vega on Sep 12 2012

Reading David M. Shapard’s annotation of Jane Austen’s Emma is such an effortlessly enlightening affair that it might almost be easy to miss what a painstaking business it must have been to compile such a wealth of information.

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Reviewed by Alison Lewis on Mar 23 2012

Upper-level academic readers may prefer the recent Norton Critical Edition edited by George Justice, but anyone reading for entertainment enriched with some scholarship will find this valuable for its detailed and illuminating annotations and supplementary material.

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on Sep 09 2014

...Emma endures over time because, despite some dated manners and ideas, its romantic story and charming characters remain endlessly entertaining.

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Reviewed by Laurel Ann on Mar 24 2012

He writes in an accessible style that is both enlightening and enjoyable. Even after years of study this Janeite enjoyed revisiting facts, learning new ones, and delighting in the black and white period illustrations.

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Reviewed by Katherine Hauswirth

Shapard seems to annotate on the assumption that some of the readers might not infer meanings of even relatively simple words, and I didn’t always need that degree of explanation (although I think it was better for him to err on the side of thoroughness; he also shows his thoughtful side by including a bold, capitalized sign to warn of impending spoiler alerts).

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