Northanger Abbey is both a perfectly aimed literary parody and
a withering satire of the commercial aspects of marriage among the
English gentry at the turn of the nineteenth century. But most of
all, it is the story of the initiation into life of its naïve but
sweetly appealing heroine, Catherine Morland, a willing victim of
the contemporary craze for Gothic literature who is determined to
see herself as the heroine of a dark and thrilling romance.