• Reading Levels 3 - 5


Emma is a novel about a young woman who has everything — the whole world at her fingertips. Published in 1815 and set in 19th Century England, it is Jane Austen’s fourth novel. Like many of Austen’s books, Emma focuses on two of the obsessions of the era: marriage and social status. At 21, Emma Woodhouse is “handsome, clever and rich”, and has lived a charmed life “with very little to distress or vex her”. But Emma’s confidence is sometimes misplaced. Her attempts at matchmaking go awry, leading to heartbreak for vicar Mr Elton, boarding school student Harriet Smith and nearly Emma herself. Now more than 200 years old, Emma has continued to captivate generations of readers – and recently reached a new audience in a 2020 rom-com adaptation starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Bill Nighy.

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