Northanger Abbey

byJane AustenIntroduction byMargaret DrabbleAfterword byStephanie Laurens

February 5, 2008|
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
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Jane Austen''s brilliant satire of the gothic novel.

The most sprightly and satirical of Austen''s novels, Northanger Abbey was written when the author was herself in her early twenties, and takes for its heroine seventeen-year-old Catherine Morland, a spirited young woman preoccupied with the pleasures of dressing, dancing, and reading sensational novels. But when she visits Northanger Abbey, the ancestral home of handsome Henry Tilney, Catherine''s taste in books comes back to haunt her. The rambling house full of locked doors and the family''s mysterious history give rise to delightfully dreadful suspicions, and finally only Catherine''s sweet nature and good humor triumph over her susceptibility. A sly commentary on the power of literature as well as a cautionary tale about the perils of naïveté, Northanger Abbey is a fresh and funny tale of one young woman receiving, as Margaret Drabble reveals in her illuminating introduction, "intensive instruction in the ways of the world."

With an Introduction by Margaret Drabble
and an Afterword by Stephanie Laurens
Jane Austen (1775-1817) was born in Hampshire, England, to George Austen, a rector, and his wife, Cassandra. Like many girls of her day, she was educated at home, where she began her literary career by writing parodies and skits for the amusement of her large family. Although Austen did not marry, she did have several suitors and ...
Title:Northanger Abbey
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Product dimensions:256 pages, 6.94 X 4.19 X 0.65 in
Shipping dimensions:256 pages, 6.94 X 4.19 X 0.65 in
Published:February 5, 2008
Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780451530844

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