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Northanger Abbey
 

Northanger Abbey (Paperback, New edition)

By Austen, Jane
Introduction by Castle, Terry
Edited by Davie, John

Terry Castle's new introduction reveals the development of Jane Austen's art from the early compositions, Lady Susan and The Watsons , through the mock Gothic Northanger Abbey , to the incompleted Sanditon .

ISBN 9780192833686
Published 1 March 1998 by Oxford University Press
Format Paperback, New edition
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ISBN-13 9780192833686
ISBN-10 0192833685
Stock Out of stock
Status Out of print
Publisher Oxford University Press
Imprint Oxford Paperbacks
Publication Date 1 March 1998
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Austen, Jane
Introduction by Castle, Terry
Edited by Davie, John
Series Oxford World's Classics
Category General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 432
Dimensions Width: 120mm
Height: 190mm
Spine: 21mm
Weight 285g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Books and reading, England - Social life and customs - 19th century, Love stories, English, Horror tales - Appreciation
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 823.7
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

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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