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Northanger Abbey (Barnes & Noble Classics) [Paperback]

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Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 3, 2005
Publisher   Barnes & Noble Classics
ISBN  1593082649  
EAN  9781593082642  

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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":
  • All 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.

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    grrrrrrrrrreat!  Oct 5, 2008
    This is Jane Austen's best work except for Pride and Prejudice. I loved this book the moment I saw it. I love all the charaters. Especialy Catherine Morland. Recommended to all the people on the face of the planet.
    Clever tale not quite up to Austen's best  Aug 25, 2008
    Northanger Abbey was Jane Austen's first novel, even though it wasn't published until after she died. While a delightful story, it doesn't quite measure up to Austen's other works. Catherine Morland, 17 and completely innocent, is invited to spend a few weeks in Bath with some family friends. Bath, a vacation hotspot in 19th century England, is filled with fashions and eligible young men and women, as well as parents looking to make an agreeable match. Catherine has never left her small village and is accustomed to being surrrounded by people who love her, and so is vulnerable to the tricks and games played by Isabella Thorpe and her brother John. Isabella has formed an attachment to Catherine's older brother James, and John attempts a similar relationship with Catherine. But our dear Catherine has developed feelings for Mr. Tilney. While Mr. Tilney shows the sparkling wit that Mr. Darcy will later become known for, much of the book is told through the narrator's voice which is awkward at times. It wasn't my favorite of Austen's books, that would be Pride and Prejudice, but I enjoyed it thoroughly.
    very good  Aug 17, 2008
    I am making my way through all of Austen's book, and this
    was the third after Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.
    This was the first of her novels and the last one to be published.
    However, her writing is most of the time almost as sharp as in
    the later novels, and the plot will also not be too much of a
    surprise. The novel is, however, not at the level of the previusly
    mentioned two, perhaps mainly because the heroine is somewhat
    dim, although likeable. The conversations between Mr. Darcy
    and Mrs. Bennet are those of equals. However, it is sometimes
    painfully obvious in the exchanges between Henry and Katherine
    that it is Henry who is the intelectually superior. Although the
    plot rambles a bit here and there, this is still a very good read,
    and Austen's wit shines through on a number of occasions.
    A must-read  Aug 3, 2008
    A delightful satire of the gothic genre, Austen's "Northanger Abbey" will delight gothic and Victorian enthusiasts alike.
    Dearest Miss Morland...  Apr 9, 2008
    This excellent first novel by Jane Austen is a must read for Austen fans. Although this novel was the last to be published, Northanger Abbey was the first story she wrote. This first attempt is raw, emotionally driven, and shows the passion of a first time writer. The story is one of mystery, intrigue, and a match made in heaven... that is of course dependent on if society will allow it.

    From the balls in Bath to the secrets of Northanger Abbey Catherine Morland lives it all. Her youth and proper upbringing give Catherine the innocence and naiveté that everyone can't help but love in her character. Her truly good-hearted personality allows her to be liked where ever she goes. Catherine, it should also be noted, is a fan of gothic novels and is intrigued by the mysteries and secrets they hold. While on vacation with her wealthy neighbors the Allens, Catherine for the first time gets to experience the society in Bath. There she meets the amiable Mr. John Thorpe and the witty Mr. Henry Tilney. When Catherine is invited to the Tilney's Northanger Abbey, her imagination and the grandeur of Northanger Abbey takes hold of her as she tries to discover the truth behind the death of Mrs. Tilney (Henry's mother).

    "Dear Miss Morland, consider the dreadful nature of the suspicions you have entertained. What have you been judging from? Remember the country and the age in which we live. Remember that we are English: that we are Christians. Consult your own understanding, your own sense of the probable, your own observation of what is passing around you. Does our education prepare us for such atrocities? Do our laws connive at them? Could they be perpetuated without being known in a country like this, where social and literary intercourse is on such a footing, where every man is surrounded by a neighborhood of voluntary spies, and where roads and newspapers lay everything open? Dearest Miss Morland, what ideas have you been admitting?" - Henry Tilney

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