October 1, 1992
October 1, 1992
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)
Northanger Abbey is a perfectly aimed literary parody that is also a withering satire of the commercial aspects of marriage among the English gentry at the turn of the nineteenth century. But most of all, it is the story of the initiation into life of its naïve but sweetly appealing heroine, Catherine Morland, a willing victim of the contemporary craze for Gothic literature who is determined to see herself as the heroine of a dark and thrilling romance. When she is invited to Northanger Abbey, the grand though forbidding ancestral seat of her suitor, Henry Tilney, she finds herself embroiled in a real drama of misapprehension, mistreatment, and mortification, until common sense and humor–and a crucial clarification of Catherine’s financial status–resolve her problems and win her the approval of Henry’s formidable father.
Written in 1798 but not published until after Austen’s death in 1817, Northanger Abbey is characteristically clearheaded and strong, and infinitely subtle in its comedy.
NORTHANGER ABBEY is about a naïve young woman whose head is full of the Gothic novels she consumes, and who begins to imagine that life may well be even stranger than fiction. Catherine Morland makes a touching, if somewhat charmingly brainless, heroine; Henry Tilney is a self-possessed and witty hero; and the plot device in which Catherine sees General Tilney as a black-hearted villain out of a Gothic romance is ingenious and engrossing. In fact, this early work is full of sustained and sparkling inventiveness, and exhibits the sharp and accurate social observations of Austen's more mature fiction.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes, Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Family + Friendship, Settings, Types of Characters, Human Qualities + Behavior, Love + Relationships + Sex, Classics, General, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Romance, Humorous Fiction
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
- Subgenre: General, Classics, Romance, Love + Relationships + Sex, Human Qualities + Behavior, Family + Friendship, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Settings, Types of Characters, Humorous Fiction
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Author: Jane Austen
- Online Item #: 11318822
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 247-00-1704
- ISBN: 9780679417156
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported