Northanger Abbey [NOOK Book]

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Northanger Abbey was the first of Jane Austen's novels to be completed for publication, though she had previously made a start on Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. According to Cassandra Austen's Memorandum, Susan (as it was first called) was written about the years 1798–99. It was revised by Austen for the press in 1803, and sold in the same year for £10 to a London bookseller, Crosby & Co., who decided against publishing. In 1817, the bookseller was content to sell it back to the novelist's ...
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Northanger Abbey

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Overview

Northanger Abbey was the first of Jane Austen's novels to be completed for publication, though she had previously made a start on Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. According to Cassandra Austen's Memorandum, Susan (as it was first called) was written about the years 1798–99. It was revised by Austen for the press in 1803, and sold in the same year for £10 to a London bookseller, Crosby & Co., who decided against publishing. In 1817, the bookseller was content to sell it back to the novelist's brother, Henry Austen, for the exact sum — £10 — that he had paid for it at the beginning, not knowing that the writer was by then the author of four popular novels. The novel was further revised before being brought out posthumously in late December 1817 (1818 given on the title-page), as the first two volumes of a four-volume set with Persuasion. - from Wikipedia
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012417701
  • Publisher: McCarthy Press
  • Publication date: 5/18/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 491 KB

Meet the Author

Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics.

Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry. She was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading. The steadfast support of her family was critical to her development as a professional writer. Her artistic apprenticeship lasted from her teenage years until she was about 35 years old. During this period, she experimented with various literary forms, including the epistolary novel which she tried then abandoned, and wrote and extensively revised three major novels and began a fourth. From 1811 until 1816, with the release of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816), she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began a third, which was eventually titled Sanditon, but died before completing it.

Austen's works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century realism. Her plots, though fundamentally comic, highlight the dependence of women on marriage to secure social standing and economic security. Her work brought her little personal fame and only a few positive reviews during her lifetime, but the publication in 1869 of her nephew's A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced her to a wider public, and by the 1940s she had become widely accepted in academia as a great English writer. The second half of the 20th century saw a proliferation of Austen scholarship and the emergence of a Janeite fan culture. - from Wikipedia
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2010

    poor formating

    The formatting for this eBook is terrible - so much missing text and extra characters that you can't read it.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    NEEDS EDITING!

    Didn't read but a few pages because it is so difficult to read through all the misspellings, extra punctuation, weird spacing, etc. A real dis-service to a classic author!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Love to read

    I love everything Jane Austen ever wrote.o

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Great!

    I'm halfway through and I love it. I love how Austen pokes fun at gothic romance fiction. Highly recommended, though it's not nearly as good as Pride and Prejudice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Omg

    Cant what to reaf

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    A Good Book Gone Wrong

    This particular Gutenberg scan is riddled with poor scan conversions - the first two pages are completely illegible. Try another version.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    A great novel with wonderful parodies of Gothic fiction.

    A great novel with wonderful parodies of Gothic fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    Good

    This book has no misprint it is a favorite classic of mine

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    Love the story - but get a different version.

    While this is one of my favorite stories, do not get this version. The print is very messed up, and unless you know the story by heart it may be difficult to follow due to the missing and incorrect characters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    An odd tale of a young girl's journey into womanhood

    Slow to start and perhaps a little over the top in some regards, but that may also have been a point the author was trying to get across. A predictable happy ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Typos

    Too many typos! Bad punctuation, messed up words, bad edition in general Love the story, but the edition is distracting

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    Bad formatting

    Do not purchase this version of the book for the nook color. Lots of extra text characters making it unreadable.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    Downloaded oddly

    The text is quite garbled for some reason, and has the characters and symbols used in type facing interspersed amongst the words. Some words are so "incomplete" that I can only guess what they should be. Quite disappointing as I have enjoyed other works by this author. I cannot give an acurate rating on the content of the book due to the manner in which it downloaded.

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  • Posted July 11, 2011

    Another great Austen book!

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  • Posted May 1, 2011

    Poor

    Do not get this ebook. Badly formatted. Lots of missing or incomprehensible words.

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  • Posted January 27, 2010

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    If only it were finished...

    I do not feel Northanger Abbey is a completed novel. The story itself is wonderful. I fell in love with Catherine and Henry. However, I did not love the parts where the author stepped back and spoke directly to the reader. I felt like it took too much away from the story, especially at the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2005

    Such a nice edition!!

    This Collector's Edition of 'Northanger Abbey' is just lovely! The book description doesn't say it, but this edition also contains illustrations by Hugh Thomson and they are wonderful! These little books would make terrific stocking stuffers! I plan to give them to some of my friends who love classics! These books are not expensive but they look like they are! Very, very classy!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2005

    I'm not ashamed to admit that I love Jane Austen!

    I love everything that Jane Austen has written. I am a huge classics buff and I read them over and over. This is a very good one. I prefer Pride and Prejudice but this is one of her best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2003

    A Jane We See But Once

    'Northanger Abbey' is so vastly different from Jane Austen's other works. The style which 'Abbey' is written in reveals a side of Austen that her readers see only in this one novel. If you're not already, 'Abbey' will make you an Austen fan. The book chronicles what is undoubtedly the most exciting few months the heroine, seventeen-year-old Catherine Morland, has ever experienced. If you're interested in reading Jane Austen, 'Northanger Abbey' is the best work of hers to start out on. 'Abbey' has everything that makes a good story a good story: adventure, romance, mystery, and inspiration. Readers find a dashing, though somewhat passive, hero in Henry Tilney and a 'bosom friend' (a lá L.M. Montgomery) in Eleanor Tilney. It is very much a coming-of-age story that exposes, not its heroine's, but its author's innermost struggles and wants through the novel's honest prose. We see Austen's deep longing for romance, beauty, and adventure through Catherine Morland. What's sad about this story, though, is that Catherine Morland's dreams were fulfilled. Austen, who died unmarried at 42, lived what biographers have dubbed a 'dull' life. Despite being a truly good read, even decades later, 'Northanger Abbey' could be nothing more than a collection of dreams... Jane Austen's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2003

    Excellent!!

    I loved this book! It doesn't follow the typical Jane Austen book, because it includes the twist of the Gothic novel which was so popular at the time. I laughed a lot. This is my second favorite of Austen's, next to Pride and Prejudice (which is my favorite book ever!).

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