Jane Austen parodies the romantic folly of men and women in pursuit of love, marriage, and money through the humorous adventures of young Catherine on holiday in Bath.
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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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||Combines a satire on conventional novels of polite society with one on gothic tales of terror. -- Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature [Austen] uses her rapier wit to mock not only the essential silliness of 'horrid' novels, but to expose the even more horrid workings of polite society...In many respects Northanger Abbey is the most lighthearted of Jane Austen's novels, yet at its core is a serious, unsentimental commentary on love and marriage, nineteenth-century British style. -- Amazon.com, editorial review Northanger Abbey, her most youthful and in many ways her most brillant novel...at times dares us to pay close attention to the artistic positions and processes her other novels tend to relegate to the background. -- Claudia L. Johnson, Murray Professor of English Literature at Princeton University About an imaginative young woman who reads too many Gothic novels, the story is Austen's most lighthearted. -- Boston Globe
Jane Austen (1775-1817) is considered by many scholars to be the first great woman novelist. Born in Steventon, England, she later moved to Bath and began to write for her own and her family's amusement. Her novels, set in her own English countryside, depict the daily lives of provincial middle-class families with wry observation, a delicate irony, and a good-humored wit. Wanda McCaddon (a.k.a. Nadia May or Donada Peters) has narrated well over six hundred titles for major audiobook publishers, has earned numerous Earphones Awards, and was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine.