Jane Fairfax: The Secret Story of the Second Heroine in Jane Austen's Emma

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Macmillan, Mar 15, 1997 - Fiction - 256 pages
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Jane Austen's Emma has been a favorite novel for Austenites since 1816. In the mid-1990s it became a favorite movie for millions of new admirers.

A key reason for Emma's success is that the story has two heroines-Emma Woodhouse and Jane Fairfax. In Austen's novel, Jane's backgound is left obscure, and the turmoil underlying her current reduced circumstances in mysterious.

At last we learn her whole story in Joan Aiken's superb retelling of Emma-this time from Jane Fairfax's point of view. When Jane Fairfax was published in hardcover, Aiken's wit, style, and skill prompted Booklist to say, "Brilliant...extraordinarily will done and highly recommended."

This worthy companion to the great original is for the first time now available in paperback.

 

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User Review  - AbigailAdams26 - LibraryThing

I have a bit of a stubborn streak - something to which my friends and family can readily attest - and can be somewhat slow in learning my lesson... So it is, that although I thoroughly disliked Joan ... Read full review

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User Review  - jarvenpa - LibraryThing

Well, it was fun. And for people who love Jane Austen's books and wish there were more, this is satisfyingly in the Austen tradition. The heroine is quite nice (Emma, however, isn't...but then, wasn't ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter 1
9
Chapter 2
32
Chapter 3
42
Chapter 4
63
Chapter 5
73
Chapter 6
87
Chapter 7
113
Chapter 8
128
BOOK TWO
173
Chapter 11
175
Chapter 12
184
Chapter 13
197
Chapter 14
211
Chapter 15
220
Chapter 16
232
Chapter 17
242

Chapter 9
143
Chapter 10
156
Chapter 18
248
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About the author (1997)

Joan Aiken, the daughter of Conrad Aiken, is an award-winning author. She divides her time between London and New York.

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