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  • Published: 15 January 2002
  • ISBN: 9780375759178
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $13.99

Northanger Abbey




During an eventful season at Bath, young, naïve Catherine Morland experiences the joys of fashionable society for the first time.

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.

“Jane Austen is the Rosetta stone of literature.” —Anna Quindlen

  • Published: 15 January 2002
  • ISBN: 9780375759178
  • Imprint: Random House USA
  • Format: Paperback
  • RRP: $13.99

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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