Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)
Published: July 31, 2007
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0553903969
ISBN - 13: 9780553903966
From the Publisher
Jane Austen's first novel, Northanger Abbey-published
posthumously in 1818-tells the story of Catherine Morland and her
dangerously sweet nature, innocence, and sometime self-delusion.
Though Austen's fallible heroine is repeatedly drawn into scrapes
while vacationing at Bath and during her subsequent visit to
Northanger Abbey, Catherine eventually triumphs, blossoming into a
discerning woman who learns truths about love, life, and the heady
power of literature. The satirical Northanger Abbey pokes
fun at the gothic novel while earnestly emphasizing caution to the
This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the first edition
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works lasting appeal. She is at her best in such books as Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816), in which she examines and often ridicules the behavior of small groups of middle-class characters. Austen relies heavily on conversations among her characters to reveal their personalities, and at times her novels read almost like plays. Several of them have, in fact, been made into films. She is considered to be one of the most beloved British authors.