copyright 2003; Viking publishers; hardbound in mango and black boards with gilt lettering along spine; very good condition, appears unread; dust jacket very good.
Emma is the title of a manuscript by Charlotte Brontë, left incomplete when she died in 1855.
It was completed by Clare Boylan and published as Emma Brown in 2003.
Original Manuscript -
Brontë began work on Emma in 1853. Her marriage in 1854 and the lukewarm enthusiasm of her husband for the project may have contributed to her slow progress towards completion. The manuscript was left unfinished at her death in 1855.
The original twenty-page manuscript consists of two chapters describing the arrival of an apparently wealthy young girl, "Matilda Fitzgibbon", at an expensive private school. It transpires that her identity is fake, and that her school fees will not be paid. The child is unable to answer any questions as to her true identity.