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Northanger Abbey tells the story of the 17-year-old Catherine Morland, who fancies her life as one of her favorite Gothic novels; through her time spent in broader society she learns to apply more common sense and refrain from applying fiction-based parallels to her everyday life. This Everyman's Library edition is crafted to last through years of reading; it features acid-free natural-cream-colored text paper, a cloth-covered hardcover with stamping, a Smyth-sewn binding, a silk ribbon marker, and a European-style half-round spine style. In addition, this work includes an original introduction by Claudia L. Johnson, an up-to-date bibliography, and a complete chronology of Jane Austen's life and works. 241 pages, hardcover.
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 1992
Dimensions: 8.33 X 5.25 X 0.97 (inches)
Series: Everyman's Library
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Northanger Abbey is a perfectly aimed literary parody that is also 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 she 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 humorand a crucial clarification of Catherines financial statusresolve her problems and win her the approval of Henrys formidable father.
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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Christine3 Stars Out Of 5March 21, 2010ChristinePassable satire of day-dreams and wild imagination fuelled by romantic Gothic literature. Opposite of ugly, filthy cesspool which is modern horror genre, these dreamy books would make sleazy Stephen King to tear his hair!
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