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Northanger Abbey (Penguin Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780141439792
ISBN10: 0141439793
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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.
Recommended by Christopher, Powells.com

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During her first season at Bath, a young girl experiences the joys of fashionable society. When her sophisticated new aquaintances invite her to their father's mysterious house, she fabricates her own Gothic romance, imagining the crimes that have been committed there.

Synopsis:

New chronology and further reading.

Edited with an introduction by Marilyn Butler.

About the Author

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 at Steventon near Basingstoke, the seventh child of the rector of the parish. She lived with her family at Steventon until they moved to Bath when her father retired in 1801. After his death in 1805, she moved around with her mother; in 1809, they settled in Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. Here she remained, except for a few visits to London, until in May 1817 she moved to Winchester to be near her doctor. There she died on July 18, 1817.

As a girl Jane Austen wrote stories, including burlesques of popular romances. Her works were only published after much revision, four novels being published in her lifetime. These are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1818 with a biographical notice by her brother, Henry Austen, the first formal announcement of her authorship. Persuasion was written in a race against failing health in 1815-16. She also left two earlier compositions, a short epistolary novel, Lady Susan, and an unfinished novel, The Watsons. At the time of her death, she was working on a new novel, Sanditon, a fragmentary draft of which survives.

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Andrew Broussard, October 14, 2013 (view all comments by Andrew Broussard)
I can see and understand everyone's issues with this novel, I can. You might call it underwritten or underdeveloped, you might even call it pulpy and lowbrow as compared to Austen's other novels. You have every right to do those things - I'm just going to assume that, if you do, you're also one of those people who looks down their nose at Stephen King and other 'popular' authors. Which is funny, because that also means you're exactly the kind of person Austen is trying to goad in the writing of this novel. So, she wins. And if you just enjoy this novel for the fun of it, well, she wins too. Smart cookie, that woman was.
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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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Sheri5, January 3, 2010 (view all comments by Sheri5)
Our classic book club read this. We had a lively discussion using four literary elements: moral, denouement, point of view, and exposition. We enjoyed the book so much that one of our members bought a copy of "The Mysteries of Udolpho" for each member of the group. This book was popular when Jane Austen wrote this novel and the main character had read it.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780141439792
Editor:
Butler, Marilyn
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Editor:
Butler, Marilyn
Author:
Austen, Jane
Author:
Butler, Marilyn
Author:
Bickford-Smith, Coralie
Location:
London
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
England
Subject:
Books and reading
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Satire
Subject:
Romantic suspense fiction.
Subject:
Gothic fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Horror tales
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
issue 9
Publication Date:
20030431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.76x5.07x.78 in. .53 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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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.

"Synopsis" by , New chronology and further reading.

Edited with an introduction by Marilyn Butler.

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