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Northanger Abbeyby Jane Austen
Now this is one Austen novel that is too often forgotten. Our heroine, Catherine Morland, might be naïve, but she is no dummy. Catherine is more complex than scholars give her credit for. I admit, she can create ridiculous fantasies that get her into trouble, but her inner core of right and wrong, her own moral compass, never leads her astray. She can be remarkably determined and forthright. And it's refreshing to meet an Austen heroine who is so shamelessly straightforward in her interest for the man of her choice! This is Austen at her most hysterically funny. Northanger Abbey is an easy link between Shakespeare's comedies and Monty Python skits.
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Jane Austens 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 Austens 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 female sex.
This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the first edition of 1818.
"Jane Austen is the Rosetta stone of literature." Anna Quindlen
"Read Northanger Abbey: worth Dickens and Pliny together. Yet it was the work of a girl. She was certainly not more than twenty-six. Wonderful creature!" Thomas B. MacAulay, Journal
"She is a prose Shakespeare." Jonathan Lyons
Catherine Morland's sentimental illusions crumble as she enters into adulthood.
With her dangerously sweet nature, innocence, and occasional self-delusion to guide her through life, Catherine Morland is drawn into several scrapes while vacationing at Bath and visiting Northanger Abbey. This is a great comedy of satirical wit, poking fun at the Gothic novel while emphasizing caution to the female sex. Our edition is set from the 1818 first edition and includes newly commissioned endnotes, and a reading group guide.
About the Author
Robert Kiely is Loker Professor of English and American Literature at Harvard. His most recent books are Reverse Tradi-tion: Postmodern Fictions and the Nineteenth Century Novel and Still Learning: Spiritual Sketches from a Professors Life.
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