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Description - Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

'What have you been judging from? . . . Dearest Miss Morland, what ideas have you been admitting?' During an eventful season at Bath, young, naive Catherine Morland experiences fashionable society for the first time. She is delighted with her new acquaintances- flirtatious Isabella, who introduces Catherine to the joys of Gothic romances, and sophisticated Henry and Eleanor Tilney, who invite her to their father's house, Northanger Abbey. There, influenced by novels of horror and intrigue, Catherine comes to imagine terrible crimes committed by General Tilney, risking the loss of Henry's affection, and must learn the difference between fiction and reality, false friends and true. With its broad comedy and irrepressible heroine, Northanger Abbey is the most youthful and optimistic of Jane Austen's work. This edition is based on the first edition of 1818, and includes a new chronology and additional suggestions for further reading. 'These modern editions are to be strongly recommended for their scrupulous texts, informative notes and helpful introductions' Brian Southam, The Jane Austen Society Edited with an introduction and notes by Marilyn Butler.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141439792
ISBN-10: 0141439793
Format: Paperback / softback
(197mm x 131mm x 19mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen - Reviewed by (05 Nov 2011)

Northanger Abbey is Jane Austen’s 5th published novel, although it was actually written before her earlier novels. Catherine Morland is an impressionable, innocent and naïve seventeen-year-old from the country, in Bath for the first time in her life. She is grateful to be befriended by the lovely Isabella Thorpe, but less than pleased to be pursued by Isabella’s brother John. Henry Tilney and his sister Eleanor appear to be more genuine in their friendship, and Catherine is invited to be a guest of their father, General Tilney, at Northanger Abbey. Catherine is an avid reader of novels, and, believing life to be an adventure, gets the wrong end of the stick on more than one occasion. Austen’s style is a little different in this novel; she occasionally mentions, as the author, her readers, her characters and the plot. She has her characters make some quite strong statements about novels and novelists. Catherine’s plight towards the end of the novel brings a lump to the throat, but much of the novel is filled with humour. Probably the funniest Austen.


Author Biography - Jane Austen

Jane Austen (1775-1817) was extremely modest about her own genius but has become one of English literature's most famous women writers. She is the author of Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Persuasion, and Mansfield Park. MarilynButler is rector of Exeter College, Oxford. She has also edited Maria Edgeworth's Castle Rackrent and Ennui for Penguin Classics.

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