Jane Austen - Emma

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BIOGRAPHY
Jane Austen was born on 16th of December 1775 at Steventon rectory in England. She wan an English novelist and wrote many books of romantic fiction about gentry. Her works made her one of the most famous and beloved writer in English literature and was considered for one of the great masters of the English novel. Her works criticized sentimental novels in the late of eighteenth century, and are part of the change to nineteenth century realism. She mostly wrote about typical people in everyday life. Her stories show how women depended on marriage for social standing and economic security, but she also wrote about moral problems. Her best known novels are for instance Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility and Emma.

Jane Austen was educated mostly by her father and older brothers, and also by her own reading. She and her family lived at Steventon and moved to Bath when her father retired in 1801. After his death in 1805, she moved around with her mother. In 1809, they settled in Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. In May 1817 she moved to Winchester to be near to doctor because of her illness Hodgkin lymphoma. She dies the on 18th of July 1817.

BASIC INFORMATIONS
Emma is one of the best known novel by Jane Austen, first published in December 1815. It was the last of Austen´s novels to be published before her death, and like her earlier works, was published anonymously.

Emma is a novel of courtship and social manners. The majority of the book is focuses on the question of marriage: who will marry whom and for what reasons will they marry: love, practicality or neccesity?

The main character of the story is Emma Woodhouse, a heiress who lives with her widowed father at the small village of Highbury, but takes a big deal of pride in her matchmaking skills. Unlike other at her age, she has no particular need to marry: she is in the unique situation of not needing a husband to supply her fortune. Theme: The main theme of the novel is...
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