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Northanger Abbey (1817)

by Jane Austen

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Jane Austen's first novel, "Northanger Abbey"--published posthumously in 1818--tells the story of Catherine Morland and her dangerously sweet nature, innocence, and sometime self-delusion. Though Austen's fallible heroine is repeatedly drawn into scrapes while vacationing at Bath and during her subsequent visit to Northanger Abbey, Catherine eventually triumphs, blossoming into a discerning woman who learns truths about love, life, and the heady power of literature. The satirical "Northanger Abbey" pokes fun at the gothic novel while earnestly emphasizing caution to the female sex. This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the first edition of 1818. "From the Trade Paperback edition."… (more)
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    The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe (upstairsgirl, HollyMS)
    upstairsgirl: This is the book that Austen's heroine is reading (and which Austen is wryly mocking) in Northanger Abbey. Fun to read with each other; Udolpho is possibly less fun on its own.
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    Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons (ncgraham)
    ncgraham: Another brilliant parody.
  3. 51
    Evelina by Frances Burney (flissp)
  4. 52
    Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (kara.shamy)
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    The Abbot's Ghost, or Maurice Treherne's Temptation: A Christmas Story by Louisa May Alcott (aulsmith)
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    Nightmare Abbey [and] Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock (SomeGuyInVirginia)
    SomeGuyInVirginia: Both satirize gothic gaspers.
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    The Italian by Ann Radcliffe (kara.shamy)
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    Cousin Kate by Georgette Heyer (inge87)
  9. 01
    Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (TheLittlePhrase)
    TheLittlePhrase: protagonists who struggle to differentiate between reality & the books that they read
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This was Jane Austen's micky take on the Gothic romances and the stupidity/vaccuity of some girls.[return][return]Catherine is taken to Bath by some reasonably well off neighbours, who are not as socially adept as they would like to think they are. The Bath Season is horrendous ("There's noone here" says Catherine's mentor, despite the Assembly rooms being so packed that they cant move, and there are no seats to be had).[return][return]Catherine gets introduced to Henry, and manages an invite to the Tilney's old house for an extended stay. Every where she looks she imagines that something horrendous is going to happen (e.g. looking for hidden doors behind tapestries, candles being blown out for other reasons than there just being a draught). In fact, not an awful lot happens during her stay (apart from her and Henry falling in love natch!).[return][return]Henry's father is a bit of a drunk and not particularly nice and tries to put a stop to any marriage by threatening to cut Henry off (which in all gothic novels would have instantly happened and that would have put an end to things). However, Henry stands up to his father, and he and Catherine get married.[return][return](Originally I wasnt going to read this book, but watched the TV version - with "scary" music in the late 1980s so decided to read it. My English teacher was not impressed that it took a TV programme to get us to read a book). ( )
  nordie | Apr 18, 2022 |
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  qonita | Mar 21, 2022 |
This is a coming of age story about a 16 year old girl Catherine, who was sweet, trusting, a bit naive, and loved reading. She stayed in Bath for 6 weeks as a vacation and met new friends and acquaintances. She was very trusting of all her new friends at first; she was willing to believe or be pleased at everything they say, so she was constantly puzzled when what people say didn't match with what they do. The vignettes about her going through social interactions that made her puzzled are my favorite parts of the book. She's such a sweet person, and her heart is so pure and noble compared to people around her. I also enjoyed reading the conversations she had with her crush Henry. Henry knew what was going on much better than Catherine; but he never told her what was really going on. In these conversations, he always had appropriate words to appease her from confusion or distress. So when I was reading them I was wondering: how does Henry really feel about her. I hope he feels, just like I do, that her naivety is just adorable!

Throughout the book, the author very intentionally and pointedly compared and contrasted Catherine's story with gothic novels, which Catherine loved to read. The author often directly speaks to the reader on what they must be expecting of a heroine, or of a turning point of a plot, or of the novel's ending. It was kind of fun. ( )
  CathyChou | Mar 11, 2022 |
It's a classic!! ( )
  JamieM12 | Feb 8, 2022 |
Loved this one. Got it in a small green volume from our local library. My first Jane Austen read. ( )
  et.carole | Jan 21, 2022 |
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Austen, JaneAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dressner, Lisa M.Editormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Agliotta, Mary SarahNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bickford-Smith, CoralieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brock, C. E.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Butler, MarilynEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Facetti, GermanoCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grillo, ElenaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Johnson, Claudia L.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Klett, ElizabethNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lane, MaggiePrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
MacAdam, AlfredIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mathias, RobertCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pinching, DavidAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Quiller-Couch, Arthur ThomasEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Reim, RiccardoIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ross, JosephinePrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rowe, AnneIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sanderson, CarolinePrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stevenson, JulietNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Thomson, HughIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wiltshire, JohnPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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No one who ever had seen Catherine Morland in her infancy, would have supposed her born to be an heroine.
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"Oh! It is only a novel!" replies the young lady, while she lays down her book with affected indifference, or momentary shame. "It is only Cecilia, or Camilla, or Belinda"; or, in short, only some work in which the greatest powers of the mind are displayed, in which the most thorough knowledge of human nature, the happiest delineation of its varieties, the liveliest effusions of wit and humour, are conveyed to the world in the best-chosen language.
Friendship is certainly the finest balm for the pangs of disappointed love.
...but while I have Udolpho to read, I feel as if nobody could make me miserable.
Young people do not like to be always thwarted.
Give me but a little cheerful company, let me only have the company of the people I love, let me be where I like and with whom I like, and the devil may take the rest
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This LT work, Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, is the original form of this novel. Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey [ISBN 1854598376] is a dramatization of this work by Tim Luscombe. Please do not combine the two; thank you.
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Jane Austen's first novel, "Northanger Abbey"--published posthumously in 1818--tells the story of Catherine Morland and her dangerously sweet nature, innocence, and sometime self-delusion. Though Austen's fallible heroine is repeatedly drawn into scrapes while vacationing at Bath and during her subsequent visit to Northanger Abbey, Catherine eventually triumphs, blossoming into a discerning woman who learns truths about love, life, and the heady power of literature. The satirical "Northanger Abbey" pokes fun at the gothic novel while earnestly emphasizing caution to the female sex. This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the first edition of 1818. "From the Trade Paperback edition."

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Catherine, at seventeen, is an insatiable reader of 'horrid' novels full of villainous monks, secret corridors and blameless heroines. So, when, during an eventful visit to Bath, she is invited to the Tilneys' family home, Northanger Abbey, her cup is full. The quizzical Henry Tilney embarrasses her by guessing at her vivid speculations and she fears that she has lost his good opinion for ever. Just as she begins to hope again, his father inexplicably banishes her....
In a lively novel, portraying social life in fashionable Bath and the terrors of an imposing country house, Jane Austen exposes the dangers of an over-active imagination, of mistaken ideals and of bad faith. But while Catherine's youthful blunders are treated with reconciling good humour, hypocrisy, avarice and social climbing are unmercifully delineated in this joyously incisive love story.
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They cannot escape,
the single page of pride which
always lies open
(alsoCass)
Not a heroine.
Her love lives in an abbey — still,
Nothing gothic here.
(By Muscogulus)

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