Northanger Abbey, Vol. 0000   -     By: Jane Austen
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Northanger Abbey, Vol. 0000

Random House / 1992 / Hardcover

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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.

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 1992
Dimensions: 8.33 X 5.25 X 0.97 (inches)
ISBN: 067941715X
ISBN-13: 9780679417156
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 humor–and a crucial clarification of Catherine’s financial status–resolve her problems and win her the approval of Henry’s formidable father.

Written in 1798 but not published until after Austen’s death in 1817, Northanger Abbey is characteristically clearheaded and strong, and infinitely subtle in its comedy.

(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)

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“It is tempting to argue [that] Austen opted to initiate her career with Northanger Abbey because in addition to being a good novel it alone was also a manifesto of her artistic program . . . Northanger Abbey is a delightful novel, but also a serious one, and the first completely to master the stylistic method that would become the hallmark of its author’s art: irony.” –from the Introduction by Claudia L. Johnson

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    March 21, 2010
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    This review was written for Northanger Abbey.
    Passable 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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