Dimensions: 320 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 1.18 in
Published: December 20, 2011
Publisher: Penguin UK (PB)
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0141197714
ISBN - 13: 9780141197715
About the Book
This Gothic story by beloved author Austen follows 17-year-old Catherine Morland as she experiences literature, full conversation, and mysterious tales in the eerie Northanger Abbey estate in a classic hardcover edition.
From the Publisher
Listen to audio presented by Literary Affairs: Jane Austen's
"Northanger Abbey."View our feature on Jane Austen.
During an eventful season at Bath, young, naive Catherine Morland
experiences the joys of fashionable society for the first time. She
is delighted with her new acquaintances: flirtatious Isabella, who
shares Catherine's love of Gothic romance and horror, and
sophisticated Henry and Eleanor Tilney, who invite her to their
father's mysterious house, Northanger Abbey. There, her imagination
influenced by novels of sensation and intrigue, Catherine imagines
terrible crimes committed by General Tilney. With its broad comedy
and irrepressible heroine, this is the most youthful and and
optimistic of Jane Austen's works.
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.