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Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

One of the author's most literary novels, a witty and sardonic attack upon contemporary Gothic novels and the effects of their popularity.

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ISBN 9781847189974
Published 5 February 2009 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Unabridged edition
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Author(s) By Austen, Jane
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ISBN-13 9781847189974
ISBN-10 1847189970
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Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Imprint CSP Classic Texts
Publication Date 5 February 2009
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback, Unabridged edition
Edition Unabridged edition
Author(s) By Austen, Jane
Category Fiction
General & Literary Fiction
Classic Fiction
Number of Pages 185
Dimensions Width: 148mm
Height: 212mm
Spine: 15mm
Weight 249g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress England - Fiction - Social life and customs
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly
Dewey Code 823.7
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Jane Austen, (1775-1817) was an English novelist known for her realism. Her family was part of the lower level gentry. She lived with her family and was active in church and the social activities of her gender and station. Jane used biting social commentary and irony in her works. Northanger Abbey is a comedy of manners and a spoof on the Gothic novels of the early nineteenth century. On a visit to Bath, the unspoiled heroine experiences some disillusionments and finds romance. Her imagination conjures up mystery and horror where none exists.

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Author's Bio

Jane Austen (1775 1817) is one of the most widely read English novelists. The seventh of eight children in a lively and affectionate, but also intellectual, family, Austen started writing as a child for their amusement. An eager novel-reader herself, with almost no formal education, she was educated at home by her father and brothers. By the age of twenty-three she wrote three novels, which were later altered into her most notable work: Sense and Sensibility (published in 1811), Pride and Prejudice (published in 1813) and Northanger Abbey. Her early writing resonated with satirical views of sentimental drama, a popular genre at the time, depicting social circles familiar to her through her own family circumstances. Three notebooks of poems, letters and other pieces, compiled by Austen later in life are now referred to as Juvenilia. It was the publication of reworked early writings Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice that brought Austen financial independence and popularity which allowed her to help support her family as she never married. Two more novels followed: Emma (1815) and Mansfield Park (1816) but by early 1816 Austen's health started to deteriorate. Austen continued writing, however, never resumed the same force of the early years. Northanger Abbey was published posthumously.

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