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Overview

Presents Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen along with a critical introduction and contextual materials.

This edition places Jane Austen and Northanger Abbey in the major conversations of Romanticism, not just the gothic novel and female education. It places the novel in two contexts, 1798, when it was written, and 1818, when it was published, illustrating its relevance to both periods and the major writers, especially the poets. This edition connects Jane Austen with the major Western literary tradition, from ancient myth, the Arabian Nights, to Cervantes, Flaubert, and Virginia Woolf.

Those interested in Jane Austen and/or the novel Northanger Abbey.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780321202086
  • Publisher: Longman
  • Publication date: 9/2/2004
  • Series: Longman Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 712,385
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.11 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Austen
Jane Austen's delightful, carefully wrought novels of manners remain surprisingly relevant, nearly 200 years after they were first published. Her novels -- Pride and Prejudice and Emma among them -- are those rare books that offer us a glimpse at the mores of a specific period while addressing the complexities of love, honor, and responsibility that still intrigue us today.

Biography

In 1801, George Austen retired from the clergy, and Jane, Cassandra, and their parents took up residence in Bath, a fashionable town Jane liked far less than her native village. Jane seems to have written little during this period. When Mr. Austen died in 1805, the three women, Mrs. Austen and her daughters, moved first to Southampton and then, partly subsidized by Jane's brothers, occupied a house in Chawton, a village not unlike Jane's first home. There she began to work on writing and pursued publishing once more, leading to the anonymous publication of Sense and Sensibility in 1811 and Pride and Prejudice in 1813, to modestly good reviews.

Known for her cheerful, modest, and witty character, Jane Austen had a busy family and social life, but as far as we know very little direct romantic experience. There were early flirtations, a quickly retracted agreement to marry the wealthy brother of a friend, and a rumored short-lived attachment -- while she was traveling -- that has not been verified. Her last years were quiet and devoted to family, friends, and writing her final novels. In 1817 she had to interrupt work on her last and unfinished novel, Sanditon, because she fell ill. She died on July 18, 1817, in Winchester, where she had been taken for medical treatment. After her death, her novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were published, together with a biographical notice, due to the efforts of her brother Henry. Austen is buried in Winchester Cathedral.

Author biography courtesy of Barnes & Noble Books.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      December 16, 1775
    2. Place of Birth:
      Village of Steventon in Hampshire, England
    1. Date of Death:
      July 18, 1817
    2. Place of Death:
      Winchester, Hampshire, England
    1. Education:
      Taught at home by her father

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

About Longman Cultural Editions.

About this Edition.

Jane Austen’s Life and Times.

Introduction.

Table of Dates.

Northanger Abbey.

Contexts.

The Romance Plot.

Cupid and Psyche.

Gothic Romance.

Horace Walpole The Castle of Otranto.

William Beckford Vathek.

Matthew Gregory Lewis The Monk.

Ann Radcliffe.

Supernaturalism (Biographia Literaria).

Sensibility.

Sublime (Curiosity).

The Mysteries of Udolpho.

The Italian—Schedoni.

Gothic Decline.

Gothic Parody.

Beckford, Azemia.

Eaton Stannard Barrett The Heroine.

T.L. Peacock Nightmare Abbey.

Bath, England.

“Faery lands forlorn.”

Tobias Smollett, The Expedition of Humphrey Clinker.

From Gothic Romance to Historical Novel.

Sir Walter Scott Waverley.

The Picturesque, Enclosures, and Anti-Picturesque.

The Picturesque.

William Gilpin Observations on the River Wye.

James Plumptre The Lakers.

Enclosures and the Anti-Picturesque.

George Crabbe The Village.

Reviews of Northanger Abbey.

British Critic.

Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine.

Bibliography.

Suggestions for Further Reading.

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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 December 26, 1999

    Very Entertaining

    Northanger Abbey is a fun book to read. It has very colorful characters and when reading it i could see them come to life in my head. Catherine Morland is an interesting and humorous character. She has an imagination that makes for great reading. I recommend this book to anyone who wants an entertaining read

    2 out of 2 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 1 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 August 9, 2013

    Wonderful

    This is a great novel.

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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 April 14, 2013

    Loved it

    Alas, to be living in that era!

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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

    more from this reviewer

    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 November 6, 2006

    interesting but not the best book i have ever read

    i am not a big fan of jane austen books but the discription on the back made this one sound very suspencefull. however, the myster didnt get going until about page 150 and even then it wasnt as intriguing as i had hoped. the love story in the book was very good, full of love triangles and questioning, although parts were a little confusing. in my opinion for an english book i think that it was good, but as for a mystery novel, i think it was very lacking in mystery.

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