"Northanger Abbey "is both a perfectly aimed literary parody and 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 naive 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 Catherine 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 puts all to right. 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.
About the Author
Jane Austen s (1775-1817) works have enjoyed a renewed popularity in the last year with the film release of Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility - both critically acclaimed. Sir Walter Scott said, Jane Austen had that exquisite touch which renders ordinary commonplace things and characters interesting.
“Jane Austen is the Rosetta stone of literature.” —Anna Quindlen