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Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey (Hardback, Annotated edition)

By Austen, Jane
Edited by Wolfson, Professor of English Susan J.

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In her introduction to Northanger Abbey --part of Harvard's celebrated annotated Austen series--Susan Wolfson proposes that Austen's most underappreciated, most playful novel is about fiction itself and how it can take possession of everyday understandings. Wolfson's running comm... read full description below.

ISBN 9780674725676
Published 15 April 2014 by Harvard University Press
Format Hardback, Annotated edition
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ISBN-13 9780674725676
ISBN-10 0674725670
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Harvard University Press
Imprint The Belknap Press
Publication Date 15 April 2014
International Publication Date 28 April 2014
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback, Annotated edition
Edition Annotated edition
Author(s) By Austen, Jane
Edited by Wolfson, Professor of English Susan J.
Category General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 241mm
Height: 244mm
Spine: 33mm
Weight 1,279g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Young women - Fiction - England, Horror tales - Fiction - Appreciation, Books and reading - Fiction, Gentry - Fiction - England, Marriage - Fiction - Economic aspects
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.7
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

The star of Northanger Abbey is seventeen-year-old Catherine Moreland, Jane Austen's youngest and most impressionable heroine. Away from home for the first time, on a visit to Bath with family friends, Catherine, a passionate consumer of novels (especially of the gothic variety), encounters a world in which everything beckons as a readable text: not only books, but also conversations and behaviors, clothes, carriages, estates, and vistas. In her lively introduction to this newest volume in Harvard's celebrated annotated Austen series, Susan Wolfson proposes that Austen's most underappreciated, most playful novel is about fiction itself and how it can take possession of everyday understandings. The first of Austen's major works to be completed (it was revised in 1803 and again in 1816-17), Northanger Abbey was published five months after Austen's death in July 1817, together with Persuasion. The 1817 text, whose singularly frustrating course to publication Wolfson recounts, is the basis for this freshly edited and annotated edition. Wolfson's running commentary will engage new readers while offering delights for scholars and devoted Janeites. A wealth of color images bring to life Bath society in Austen's era--the parade of female fashions, the carriages running over open roads and through the city's streets, circulating libraries, and nouveau-riche country estates--as well as the larger cultural milieu of Northanger Abbey. This unique edition holds appeal not just for Friends of Jane but for all readers looking for a fuller engagement with Austen's extraordinary first novel.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Through her introduction and notes, Susan Wolfson provides abundant information about Jane Austen s life, circumstances, and cultural setting, as well as a penetrating interpretation of Northanger Abbey . This annotated edition adds to the enjoyment that the novel has given readers over almost three centuries. Austen s spoof of the Gothic supplies not only entertainment, but also, as Wolfson demonstrates, insight into the author s attitudes toward reading, gender relations, the novelist s art, and much besides.--Patricia Meyer Spacks, University of Virginia
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Susan J. Wolfson is Professor of English at Princeton University.

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