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Northanger Abbey (Vintage Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780307386830
ISBN10: 030738683x
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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 Austen's 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 Austen&'s 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.

Review:

"Jane Austen is the Rosetta stone of literature." Anna Quindlen

Synopsis:

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.

When Catherine is invited to Northanger Abbey, the grand though forbidding ancestral seat of her suitor, Henry Tilney, she finds herself embroiled in a real drama of misapprehension, mistreatment, and mortification, until common sense and humor—and a crucial clarification of Catherines financial status—puts all to right. Written in 1798 but not published until after Austens death in 1817, Northanger Abbey is characteristically clearheaded and strong, and infinitely subtle in its comedy.

About the Author

Jane Austen (1775—1817) was born in Hampshire, England, where she spent most of her life. Though she received little recognition in her lifetime, she came to be regarded as one of the great masters of the English novel.

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bookgirl94, July 28, 2011 (view all comments by bookgirl94)
Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book so I decided to give this a chance. I'm so glad that I did. I love the gothic additions along with the fun parts. This is now one of my favorite Jane Austen books and I would recommend it!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307386830
Author:
Austen, Jane
Publisher:
Vintage Books USA
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Satire
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;classic;classics;romance;19th century;jane austen;literature;england;novel;gothic;british;austen;satire;regency;english literature;british literature;english;parody;women;humor;historical;18th century;historical fiction;classic literature;love;bri
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage Classics
Publication Date:
20070931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8 x 5.16 x .54 in .375 lb

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"Staff Pick" by ,

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.

"Review" by , "Jane Austen is the Rosetta stone of literature."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

When Catherine is invited to Northanger Abbey, the grand though forbidding ancestral seat of her suitor, Henry Tilney, she finds herself embroiled in a real drama of misapprehension, mistreatment, and mortification, until common sense and humor—and a crucial clarification of Catherines financial status—puts all to right. Written in 1798 but not published until after Austens death in 1817, Northanger Abbey is characteristically clearheaded and strong, and infinitely subtle in its comedy.

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