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Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Austen, Jane

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None of the Horrors of Catherine's imagination can rival the more-mundane hypocrisy she experiences at the hands of her supposed friends.

ISBN 9780809589517
Published 1 March 2004 by Wildside Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780809589517
ISBN-10 0809589516
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Wildside Press
Imprint Wildside Press
Publication Date 1 March 2004
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Austen, Jane
Category Fiction
General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 296
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 16mm
Weight 438g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code FIC
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Description of this Book

The first pages of _Northanger Abbey_ send up Ann Radcliffe's _The Mysteries of Udolpho_: Jane Austen's heroine, is established to be a born heroine -- but she's Austen's heroine, not fated for any particular reason; just fated. In Austen's words, no one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy, would have supposed her born to be an heroine. But fated she was, and Austen tells her tale delicviously. She spends the novel exploring decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers -- but none of them are what one would expect in a gothic potboiler, nor in a title of Radcliffe's. Catherine goes with family friends to the spa at Bath; and there she meets Henry Tilney and his sister Eleanor, who invite her to visit their family estate, Northanger Abbey. That's where the book invokes the Horrid Props of a gothic novel: there are dreadful portents everywhere, even in the most wonderfully prosaic events. But none of the Horrors of Catherine's imagination can rival the more-mundane hypocrisy she experiences at the hands of her supposed friends...

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Author's Bio

Jane Austen (1775 - 1817) was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen's plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favorable social standing and economic security. Her works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century literary realism.With the publications of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815), she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began a third, eventually titled Sanditon, but died before its completion. Her novels have rarely been out of print, although they were published anonymously and brought her little fame during her lifetime. A significant transition in her posthumous reputation occurred in 1869, fifty-two years after her death, when her nephew's publication of A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced her to a wider audience.

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