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Northanger Abbey (Barnes & Noble Classics) [Hardcover]

By Jane Austen & Alfred MacAdam (Introduction by)
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Pages   259
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 4, 2007
Publisher   Barnes & Noble Classics
ISBN  1593083807  
EAN  9781593083809  

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Northanger Abbey, by Jane Austen, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:
New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriateAll editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.
A wonderfully entertaining coming-of-age story, Northanger Abbey is often referred to as Jane Austen's “Gothic parody.” Decrepit castles, locked rooms, mysterious chests, cryptic notes, and tyrannical fathers give the story an uncanny air, but one with a decidedly satirical twist.

The story's unlikely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry's mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events, until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art.

Executed with high-spirited gusto, Northanger Abbey is the most lighthearted of Jane Austen's novels, yet at its core this delightful novel is a serious, unsentimental commentary on love and marriage.

Alfred Mac Adam teaches literature at Barnard College–Columbia University. He is a translator and art critic.

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More About Jane Austen & Alfred MacAdam

Jane Austen 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, biting irony and social commentary have gained 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 into her thirties. During this period, she experimented with various literary forms, including the epistolary novel which she 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.

Jane Austen was born in 1775 and died in 1817.

Jane Austen has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Artfolds Classic Editions
  2. Bantam Classics
  3. Barnes & Noble Classics
  4. Classic Collection (Brilliance Audio)
  5. Collins Classics
  6. Dover Thrift Editions
  7. Enriched Classics (Pocket)
  8. Everyman's Library Classics & Contemporary Classics
  9. Ignatius Critical Editions
  10. Modern Library (Hardcover)
  11. Modern Library (Paperback)
  12. Modern Library Classics (Paperback)
  13. Novel Journal
  14. Oxford Children's Classics
  15. Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen
  16. Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
  17. Penguin Classics
  18. Penguin Classics Deluxe Editions
  19. Penguin Drop Caps
  20. Penguin English Library
  21. Quirk Classics
  22. Signet Classics
  23. Unabridged Classics in Audio
  24. Vintage Classics

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well...  Nov 1, 2008
As a great Jane Austen fan, who has read and re-read favorite like Pride and Prejudice as well as Emma(!!!) I am sad to say this was definitly my least favorite. It pains me to say this, because I almost willed myself to like it, but in the end I was disappointed with the rather odd storyline and the less-than-lovely characters I was used to from Ms. Austens other works. Perhaps I'll attempt to change my mind about this novel again in a few years, but for now I'm afraid three stars is all I have to give.
Not to be confused with a different B&N edition, this edition is sturdy and has added features.  Apr 18, 2008
Frankly I am puzzled by the criticisms leveled at this edition. There is another edition [also by Barnes and Noble] and it is cheaper, though the quality is very flimsy and I wonder if the other reviewers were confused with that edition?

This edition of Northanger Abbey is beautifully bound, with a cloth spine, and has a lovely portrait on the cover. The text is not too small unlike some other editions, it makes for comfortable reading. The book itself is sturdy, as it is in hardback, but not unwieldy - it fits nicely into my hands. Besides the main text of Austen's novel itself, it has added features - a brief chronology of the world of Jane Austen & Northanger Abbey, an introduction, the main text, as well as useful endnotes, inspiration for Northanger Abbey,comments, as well as a list of resources for further reading and criticisms. In all, a value buy.
A good read   Jan 18, 2008
I found the story to be a good one, but Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion will always be Jane Austen's best works I feel as do others I have talked to. As for the quality of the paper it is of good quality not poor as mentioned in another review.
Didn't like the paper quality and presentation  Nov 9, 2007
I bought them (Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Mansfield Park and Emma) to complete my Jane Austen's collection, and honestly, didn't like the paper quality, it seems like they didn't even care for the presentation of them; it didn't look elegant, cheap to be more specific.

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