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  • Published: 5 May 2003
  • ISBN: 9780141439792
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $12.99

Northanger Abbey




This edition is based on the first edition of 1818, and includes a new chronology and additional suggestions for further reading.

'What have you been judging from? . . . Dearest Miss Morland, what ideas have you been admitting?'

During an eventful season at Bath, young, naive Catherine Morland experiences fashionable society for the first time. She is delighted with her new acquaintances: flirtatious Isabella, who introduces Catherine to the joys of Gothic romances, and sophisticated Henry and Eleanor Tilney, who invite her to their father's house, Northanger Abbey. There, influenced by novels of horror and intrigue, Catherine comes to imagine terrible crimes committed by General Tilney, risking the loss of Henry's affection, and must learn the difference between fiction and reality, false friends and true. With its broad comedy and irrepressible heroine, Northanger Abbey is the most youthful and optimistic of Jane Austen's work.
This edition is based on the first edition of 1818, and includes a new chronology and additional suggestions for further reading.
'These modern editions are to be strongly recommended for their scrupulous texts, informative notes and helpful introductions'  Brian Southam, The Jane Austen Society
Edited with an introduction and notes by Marilyn Butler.

  • Pub date: 5 May 2003
  • ISBN: 9780141439792
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320
  • RRP: $12.99

About the Author

Jane Austen

Jane Austen was born in Steventon rectory on 16 December 1775. Her family later moved to Bath, then to Southampton and finally to Chawton in Hampshire. She began writing Pride and Prejudice when she was twenty-two years old. It was originally called First Impressions and was initially rejected by the publishers and only published in 1813 after much revision. She published four of her novels in her lifetime, Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Jane Austen died on 18th July 1817. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were both published posthumously in 1818.

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