The Secret Story of the Second Heroine in Jane Austen's Emma
By Joan Aiken
St. Martin's Griffin, Paperback, 9780312157074, 256pp.
Publication Date: March 15, 1997
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.
"Others may try, but nobody comes close to Aiken in writing sequels to Jane Austen." --Publishers Weekly