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Was Jane Austen's Emma a snob?

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Bringing Literature to Life

Our books tell you what the most interesting critics have said about great novels, plays and poems, providing an intelligent and informative discussion of the text.

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Scholarly, yet approachable and entertaining - our history guides provide illuminating discourse on key figures, periods, and historical events.

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