by Jane Austen, is a novel about youthful hubris and the perils of
misconstrued romance. The novel was first published in December 1815. As
in her other novels, Austen explores the concerns and difficulties of
genteel women living in Georgian-Regency England; she also creates a
lively comedy of manners among her characters.
she began the novel, Austen wrote, "I am going to take a heroine whom
no one but myself will much like." In the very first sentence she
introduces the title character as "Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and
rich." Emma, however, is also rather spoiled, headstrong, and
self-satisfied; she greatly overestimates her own matchmaking abilities;
she is blind to the dangers of meddling in other people's lives, and
her imagination and perceptions often lead her astray.
novel Emma is featured in the 1993 film Naked by Mike Leigh, in which
the character Johnny (played by David Thewlis) confuses the title and
the name of the author.
Joan Aiken wrote a companion novel, Jane Fairfax: The Secret Story of the Second Heroine in Jane Austen's Emma.