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Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Austen, Jane

Though Northanger Abbey is one of Jane Austen's earliest novels, it was not published until after her death--well after she'd established her reputation with works such as Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility. Of all her novels, this one is the most explicitly lit...erary in that it is primarily concerned with books and with readers. In it, Austen skewers the novelistic excesses of her day made popular in such 18th-century Gothic potboilers as Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho. Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers all figure into Northanger Abbey, but with a decidedly satirical twist. Consider Austen's introduction of her heroine: we are told on the very first page that no one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy, would have supposed her born to be an heroine. The author goes on to explain that Miss Morland's father is a clergyman with a considerable independence, besides two good livings--and he was not in the least addicted to locking up his daughters. Furthermore, her mother does not die giving birth to her, and Catherine herself, far from engaging in the more heroic enjoyments of infancy, nursing a dormouse, feeding a canary-bird, or watering a rose-bush vastly prefers playing cricket with her brothers to any girlish pastimes. Catherine grows up to be a passably pretty girl and is invited to spend a few weeks in Bath with a family friend. While there she meets Henry Tilney and his sister Eleanor, who invite her to visit their family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Austen amuses herself and us as Catherine, a great reader of Gothic romances, allows her imagination to run wild, finding dreadful portents in the most wonderfully prosaic events. But Austen is after something more than mere parody; she 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, for nothing Catherine imagines could possibly rival the hypocrisy she experiences at the hands of her supposed friends. 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, 19th-century British style.
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ISBN 9781611040234
Released NZ 3 Dec 2010
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ISBN-13 9781611040234
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Publisher Readaclassic.com
Imprint Readaclassic.com
Released 3 Dec 2010
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Austen, Jane
Category General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 176 pp
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 10mm
Dewey Code 823.7
Weight 245g
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NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
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