By Jane Austen
HarperCollins is proud to offer its new diversity of best-loved, crucial classics. 'Northanger Abbey! those have been exciting phrases, and wound up Catherine's emotions to the top element of ecstasy.' thought of the main light-hearted and satirical of Austen's novels, Northanger Abbey tells the tale of an not going younger heroine Catherine Morland. whereas staying in tub, Catherine meets Henry Tilney and his sister Eleanor who invite her to their family members property, Northanger Abbey. partial to Gothic Romance novels, naive Catherine is quickly letting her mind's eye run wild within the atmospheric abbey, fuelled via her friendship with the vivacious Isabella Thorpe. it is just while the realities of lifestyles set in round her that Catherine's fantastical international is shattered. A coming-of-age novel, Austen expertly parodies the Gothic romance novels of her time and divulges a lot approximately her unsentimental view of affection and marriage within the eighteenth century.
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Unlike her truly quixotic predecessors, Catherine develops her reading skills through the novel. Her experiences in Bath and at Northanger Abbey ultimately make her a better reader of texts, landscapes, people, and situations. Isabella Thorpe acts as a counterpoint to Catherine. Isabella's reading, like much of her behaviour, is shallow and superficial. She is a poor reader of books and gains most of her literary insight from her friend Miss Andrews. She is adept at assuming the heroine's role because she uses fiction to create the reality she desires.
There were also undoubtedly changes in fashion, but Austen's comments about social conduct remain pertinent since she targets general types or characteristics. Even the many "books" referred to or referenced in Northanger Abbey were still understandable and often widely read in 1816. Nei- Page 12 ther Radcliffe's Gothic novels nor the many Gothic elements would have confused the 1816 reader, as other parodies (Eaton Stannard Barett's The Heroine, 1813, Thomas Love Peacock's Nightmare Abbey, 1818) were favourably received and many later works employed Gothic elements (Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, 1818, Maturin's Melmoth the Wanderer, 1820).
1 She acknowledged herself "the Authoress'' and enquired why it had never "appeared in print". She even offered to provide another copy should the press have mislaid the original. 2 Austen received an abrupt reply that left her in no doubt that if she attempted to publish elsewhere Crosby would take "proceedings to stop the sale". Her only recourse was to repurchase "the MS. . " This curt exchange prompted Austen to set "Susan" aside and concentrate on revising "Elinor and Marianne" a work she published with another publisher and her Page 11 own money as Sense and Sensibility in 1812.
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen