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Northanger Abbey (Coscom Blue Banner Classics)

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  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Number Of Items:1
  • Pages:180
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.6
  • Dimensions (in):9 x 6 x 0.4
  • Publication Date:November 26, 2010
  • ISBN:1926712617
  • EAN:9781926712611
  • ASIN:1926712617
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Gothic novel reader Catherine Morland is invited to the resort town of Bath to take part in the winter season of balls, and other fun. It is there she meets Henry Tilney, with whom she shares a dance and talks. But then the young man disappears, leaving Catherine alone. Her friend Isabella’s brother, John, arrives, is taken with her and pursues her. In a surprise move, Henry comes back to Bath and invites Catherine to stay with them at their home, Northanger Abbey. Thinking this place must be like those in her books, Catherine expects a world of fearful intrigue and mystery. There’s nothing strange about Northanger Abbey, unfortunately, but there is a mystery Catherine brings upon herself involving Henry’s father and the death of his mother. Catherine is determined to know why Mr. Tilney doesn’t seem affected by his wife’s death, no matter how much trouble it may cause. Northanger Abbey is a novel of romance and mystery by the acclaimed author, Jane Austen. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jane Austen was born in 1775 and wrote many novels throughout her lifetime, all of which are still read today. Among them are Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey. She died in 1817. Review
Though Northanger Abbey is one of Jane Austen's earliest novels, it was not published until after her death--well after she'd established her reputation with works such as Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility. Of all her novels, this one is the most explicitly literary in that it is primarily concerned with books and with readers. In it, Austen skewers the novelistic excesses of her day made popular in such 18th-century Gothic potboilers as Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho. Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers all figure into Northanger Abbey, but with a decidedly satirical twist. Consider Austen's introduction of her heroine: we are told on the very first page that "no one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy, would have supposed her born to be an heroine." The author goes on to explain that Miss Morland's father is a clergyman with "a considerable independence, besides two good livings--and he was not in the least addicted to locking up his daughters." Furthermore, her mother does not die giving birth to her, and Catherine herself, far from engaging in "the more heroic enjoyments of infancy, nursing a dormouse, feeding a canary-bird, or watering a rose-bush" vastly prefers playing cricket with her brothers to any girlish pastimes.

Catherine grows up to be a passably pretty girl and is invited to spend a few weeks in Bath with a family friend. While there she meets Henry Tilney and his sister Eleanor, who invite her to visit their family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Austen amuses herself and us as Catherine, a great reader of Gothic romances, allows her imagination to run wild, finding dreadful portents in the most wonderfully prosaic events. But Austen is after something more than mere parody; she uses her rapier wit to mock not only the essential silliness of "horrid" novels, but to expose the even more horrid workings of polite society, for nothing Catherine imagines could possibly rival the hypocrisy she experiences at the hands of her supposed friends. In many respects Northanger Abbey is the most lighthearted of Jane Austen's novels, yet at its core is a serious, unsentimental commentary on love and marriage, 19th-century British style. --Alix Wilber

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