Emma: An Annotated Edition

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Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012 - Fiction - 560 pages
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Emma, perhaps the most technically accomplished of all of Austen‚e(tm)s novels, is also, after Pride and Prejudice, her most popular one. Its numerous film and television adaptations testify to the world‚e(tm)s enduring affection for the headstrong, often misguided Emma Woodhouse and her many romantic schemes. Like the previous volumes in Harvard‚e(tm)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‚e(tm)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‚e(tm)s matchmaking adventures.

Whether explaining the intricacies of early nineteenth-century dinner etiquette or speculating on Highbury‚e(tm)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‚e(tm)s world.

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Review: Emma: An Annotated Edition

User Review  - Tracey - Goodreads

Liked this a lot, but it's so huge and heavy (basically a coffee-table book) that I couldn't read it in bed. Since I just read David Shapard's Annotated Emma, it was interesting to see the differences in what each editor thought should be annotated. Read full review

Review: Emma: An Annotated Edition

User Review  - Wortumdrehung - Goodreads

A visually beautiful edition of one of my favourite novels. Unfortunately the annotations were a bit redundant and too often aimed at first time readers or readers unfamiliar with 19thC English. Expected somewhat more but overall a lovely edition of a great work. Read full review

About the author (2012)

Bharat Tandon is Lecturer in English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University.

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