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  • Published: 5 February 2008
  • ISBN: 9780451530844
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $9.99

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 brilliant satire of the gothic novel.

The most sprightly and satirical of Austen's novels, Northanger Abbey was written when the author was herself in her early twenties, and takes for its heroine seventeen-year-old Catherine Morland, a spirited young woman preoccupied with the pleasures of dressing, dancing, and reading sensational novels. But when she visits Northanger Abbey, the ancestral home of handsome Henry Tilney, Catherine's taste in books comes back to haunt her. The rambling house full of locked doors and the family's mysterious history give rise to delightfully dreadful suspicions, and finally only Catherine's sweet nature and good humor triumph over her susceptibility. A sly commentary on the power of literature as well as a cautionary tale about the perils of naïveté, Northanger Abbey is a fresh and funny tale of one young woman receiving, as Margaret Drabble reveals in her illuminating introduction, "intensive instruction in the ways of the world."

With an Introduction by Margaret Drabble
and an Afterword by Stephanie Laurens

  • Pub date: 5 February 2008
  • ISBN: 9780451530844
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256
  • RRP: $9.99

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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Praise for Northanger Abbey

“"Miss Austen understood the smallness of life to perfection. She was a great artist."—Alfred, Lord Tennyson”


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