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Northanger Abbey (Vintage Classics Austen Series)

Northanger Abbey (Vintage Classics Austen Series) 1

by Jane Austen

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/09/2014

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Jane Austen takes a satirical swipe at the gothic novel in this classic book bursting with sly subversive wit.

WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY P.D. JAMES

The Vintage Classics Austen series is designed by the writer and illustrator Leanne Shapton and introduced by some of our finest contemporary writers and Austen fans- Alexander McCall Smith, Lynne Truss, Amanda Vickery, Francesca Segal, P.D. James and Andrew Motion.

'Jane Austen is a genius, and Northanger Abbey is hugely underrated' Martin Amis

Catherine Morland is a young girl with a very active imagination. Her naivety and love of sensational novels lead her to approach the fashionable social scene in Bath and her stay at nearby Northanger Abbey with preconceptions that have embarrassing and entertaining consequences.
ISBN:
9780099589297
9780099589297
Category:
Classic fiction
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
01-09-2014
Language:
English
Publisher:
Vintage Publishing
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
304
Dimensions (mm):
178x129x19mm
Weight:
0.22kg
Jane Austen

Jane Austen was born on 16 December 1775 at Steventon, near Basingstoke, the seventh child of the rector of the parish. She lived with her family at Steventon until they moved to Bath when her father retired in 1801. After his death in 1805, she moved around with her mother; in 1809, they settled in Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. Here she remained, except for a few visits to London, until in May 1817 she moved to Winchester to be near her doctor. There she died on 18 July 1817.

Jane Austen was extremely modest about her own genius, describing her work to her nephew, Edward, as 'the little bit (two Inches wide) of Ivory, on which I work with so fine a Brush, as produces little effect after much labour'.

As a girl she wrote stories, including burlesques of popular romances. Her works were published only after much revision, four novels being published in her lifetime.

These are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815). Two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1817 with a biographical notice by her brother, Henry Austen, the first formal announcement of her authorship. Persuasion was written in a race against failing health in 1815-16. She also left two earlier compositions, a short epistolary novel, Lady Susan, and an unfinished novel, The Watsons. At the time of her death, she was working on a new novel, Sanditon, a fragmentary draft of which survives.

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  • Not the best Austen

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    This edition is gorgeous, I love it.
    Unfortunately, the book itself is horrible. This was Jane Austen's first novel, and dear god, does it show.

    I feel almost heretical giving Jane Austen a bad review. I totally expected to love this, it is the woman herself, it's a Gothic satire, it is a romance... it is basically everything good in this world.

    It just fell so wildly short for me. I didn't like the heroine, the hero was a cardboard cutout, the plot didn't really go very far and the romance was flat.