Northanger Abbey (Wisehouse Classics Edition)

Northanger Abbey (Wisehouse Classics Edition)

by Jane Austen

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Overview

NORTHANGER ABBEY was the first of Jane Austen's novels to be completed for public¬cation, 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 circa 1798-99.


Seventeen-year-old Catherine Morland is one of ten children of a country clergyman. Although a tomboy in her childhood, by the age of 17 she is "in training for a heroine" and is excessively fond of reading Gothic novels, among which Ann Radcliffe's Mysteries of Udolpho is a favourite. Catherine is invited by the Allens, her wealthier neighbours in Fullerton, to accompany them to visit the town of Bath and partake in the winter season of balls, theatre and other social delights. Although initially the excitement of Bath is dampened by her lack of acquaintances, she is soon introduced to a clever young gentleman, Henry Tilney, with whom she dances and converses. Much to Catherine's disappointment, Henry does not reappear in the subsequent week and, not knowing whether or not he has left Bath for good, she wonders if she will ever see him again. Through Mrs. Allen's old school-friend Mrs. Thorpe, she meets her daughter Isabella, a vivacious and flirtatious young woman, and the two quickly become friends. Mrs. Thorpe's son John is also a friend of Catherine's older brother, James, at Oxford where they are both students. James and John arrive unexpectedly in Bath. While Isabella and James spend time together, Catherine becomes acquainted with John, a vain and crude young gentleman who incessantly tells fantastical stories about himself. (more on: www.wisehouse-classics.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9789176372050
Publisher: Wisehouse
Publication date: 01/15/2016
Pages: 140
Sales rank: 540,027
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)

About the Author

Jane Austen (1775 - 1817) was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels which interpret, critique and comment upon the life of the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Her most highly praised novel during her lifetime was Pride and Prejudice, her second published novel. Austen's plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favorable social standing and economic security.

The author's major novels are rarely out of print today, although they were first published anonymously and brought her little fame and brief reviews during her lifetime. A significant transition in her posthumous reputation as an author occurred in 1869, fifty-two years after her death, when her nephew's publication of A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced her to a wider audience. Austen's most successful novel during her lifetime was Pride and Prejudice, which went through two editions at the time. Her third published novel was Mansfield Park, which (despite being largely overlooked by reviewers) was successful during her lifetime.

All of Austen's major novels were first published between 1811 and 1818. From 1811 to 1816, with the publication of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815), she achieved success as a published author. Austen wrote two additional novels (Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818) and began another, eventually titled Sanditon, before her death.

During the twentieth and twenty-first centuries Austen's writings have inspired a large number of critical essays and literary anthologies, establishing her as a British author of international fame. Her novels have inspired films, from 1940's Pride and Prejudice starring Laurence Olivier to more recent productions: Emma Thompson in Sense and Sensibility (1995) and Kate Beckinsale in Love & Friendship (2016).

Date of Birth:

December 16, 1775

Date of Death:

July 18, 1817

Place of Birth:

Village of Steventon in Hampshire, England

Place of Death:

Winchester, Hampshire, England

Education:

Taught at home by her father

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Northanger Abbey (Wisehouse Classics Edition) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Splendid book by Jane Austen . An easy read, and was humourous. Followed a slightly different pattern than most of Jane Austen's novels, but was still very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clever writing and vocabulary make this a charming story. It moves quickly and provides an excellent view of life for gentle young people of a bygone era.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good writing. Very good story. I enjoyed it very much. It's interesting that the author went into a diatribe on how badly she and other novelists were treated. She, also, gives a really good description of today's writings by women who are ignorant of periods and grammar (p.42) and some words of wisdom on p. 45. The world of the heroine Catherine Moreland is vastly different than today's. All women who believe we have it badly today, should read this book and others like it - and thank the Lord that we live in these times of freedom. We can be as immoral as we like! Of course, that is not a blessing. Austin, also, mentions several other books that are well worth reading.