At Northanger Abbey Jane Austen's charmingly imperfect heroine, Catherine Morland, meets all the trappings of gothic horror and imagines the worst. Fortunately she has, at hand, her own fundamental good sense and the irresistible but unsentimental hero, Henry Tilney.
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|Library of Congress
||English fiction, 19th century
||General & Literary Fiction
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Northanger Abbey is the earliest of Jane Austen's great comedies of female enlightenment and combines literary burlesque - making fun of the excesses of the Gothic novel - with larger moral, philosophical, and social issues: the folly of letting literature get in the way of life, the inexcusability of not thinking for oneself, and the painful difficulties (especially for women) involved in growing up. Lady Susan and The Watsons are early compositions that reflect many of the qualities of Northanger Abbey. The first is an epistolary novel centring on the intrigues of the villainous Lady Susan; the second is an unfinished example of Jane Austen's most characteristic form - a story where the heroine is outstanding for her sense and goodness, virtues notably lacking in the other characters, who are here part of an altogether bleaker vision. Sanditon, too, is tragically incomplete, and it signals the achievement of a new depth and breadth of comic insight on the part of its author.
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||Untypical in many ways of the author, this was written in 1797 but only published posthumously in 1818. It is both a gothic romance and a satire on the genre, dealing with the far from easy course of Catherine Morland's true love. There is ruptured love in the sub-plots too and the whole amounts to another marvellous affirmation of Jane Austen's genius. Few have combined intelligence and gentle wit to such effect. (Kirkus UK)
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