Yes, it’s not that long ago since I finished Persuasion, but it’s been a while the two unread Austen novels have been glaring in my bookshelf, so I’m resolved to read off the other one as soon as possible. After I studied Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park in the advanced English course on Jane Austen, I needed to find out why Persuasion and Emma were omitted in the course syllabus. Well, that’s not that important anymore. At this time of my life, the Austenian theme of marriage is getting dearer to my heart. (No I do not want to become an old maid…)
Here are basic facts about Jane Austen’s beloved classic, Emma:
Publication: 1815, United Kingdom
Length: 381 pages
Opening lines: Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition, seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.
Emma was published as the 4th of Jane Austen’s six completed novels.
Before writing Emma, Austen once expressed: “I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will like.”
Emma was made into numerous adaptations for film, TV, and stage, including major Hollywood productions such as Clueless (1995) starring Alicia Silverstone and Emma (1996) starring Gwyneth Paltrow. For the full listing, click here.
Jane Austen (1775-1817), who dedicated her lifetime writing fiction about marriage and romance, was in fact never married. She was exceptionally close to her older sister, Cassandra, who also remained as an old maid until her death in 1845.