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Northanger Abbey (Collector's library) [Hardcover]

David Pinching , Jane Austen , Hugh Thomson
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Book Description

1 Feb 2004 Collector's library
Catherine Morland is an Austen heroine unlike any other--youthful and naive, with a lively imagination fed by the popular Gothic novels she so loves to read. But when Catherine meets the wealthy and charming Henry Tilney during a vacation in Bath, and visits his family's sinister and mysterious estate, she begins to suspect that some of the dark doings she's read about just might be true... One of Austen's earliest works, Northanger Abbey offers fascinating insights into her perspective as a writer and a reader. The world's greatest works of literature are now available in these beautiful keepsake volumes. Bound in real cloth, and featuring gilt edges and ribbon markers, these beautifully produced books are a wonderful way to build a handsome library of classic literature. These are the essential novels that belong in every home. They'll transport readers to imaginary worlds and provide excitement, entertainment, and enlightenment for years to come. All of these novels feature attractive illustrations and have an unequalled period feel that will grace the library, the bedside table or bureau.

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  • Hardcover: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Collector's Library; New edition edition (1 Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904633307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904633303
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 11.1 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 473,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction set among the gentry have earned her a place as one of the most widely read and most beloved writers in English literature.

Jane Austen was born in Steventon rectory on 16th December 1775. Her family later moved to Bath and then to Chawton in Hampshire. She wrote from a young age and Pride and Prejudice was begun when she was twenty-two years old. It was originally called First Impressions. It was initially rejected by the published she submitted it too and eventually published in 1813 after much revision.

All four of her novels - Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815) published in her lifetime were published anonymously. Jane Austen died on 18th July 1817. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion (both 1817) were published posthumously.

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'Benedict and Le Faye … provide in their respective volumes a generous, helpful, and historically informed introduction to the work and its reception; a set of informative, judicious explanatory notes; and a meticulously prepared and visually well presented text. … The Northanger Abbey edition is excellent … offers a magnificent summary …' Devoney Looser, University of Missouri --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Jane Austen's funniest, most optimistic novel is published for the first time in flipback classics - so now you can always carry an Austen in your pocket.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Austen's best in my opinion 8 April 2007
Format:Paperback
I'm completely shocked that many people regard 'Northanger Abbey' as the worst of Austen's books as I believe it is beautifully written and very easy to read. The characters are wonderful especially Catherine and Henry, and General Tilney is someone you love to hate. Now after seeing the recent ITV adaptation, my love for the book has been re-newed and I really want to read it again. N.A is so different to all of Austen's other novels but that's why I love it so much and the ending although very predictable, is very sweet and is what the reader hopes for throughout. An excellent read.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely delightful 12 Mar 2003
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I approached this book somewhat warily, knowing that Northanger Abbey was to some degree a satirical take on the immense popularity of Gothic romances such as Ann Radcliffe's The Mysteries of Udolpho, a book I dearly love. Happily, Austen's means of poking fun at Gothic horror literature are far from mean-spirited and, as a matter of fact, can be delightfully humorous indeed. Her heroine, Catherine Morland, is by no means the type of heroine to be found in the giant tomes of Radcliffe and her indulgent imitators, as Austen tells her reading audience directly from the very start. "Almost attractive" on a good day, this unintellectual tomboy has reached her fifteenth year without inspiring a young man's fancy, nor would she be able to delight him with musical skill or even draw his profile in her secret notebooks if she had. Having encountered no strangers who would prove to be a lord or prince in disguise, her heroic ambitions seem stymied at best until fate steps in and grants her a stay of several weeks in the delightful town of Bath. Making her transition from nave girl to equally nave young lady, Catherine almost immediately falls quite in love with young Henry Tilney, while at the same time she becomes intimate friends with an older young lady named Isabella, whose inconstancy as both friend and intended beloved of Catherine's own brother eventually brings her much pain. To her intense delight, however, Catherine is invited by General Tilney, Henry's father, to spend some few weeks in his home, Northanger Abbey. Her joy at spending such private time in the company of her beloved and new best friend Eleanor Tilney is immense, but equally exciting to her is the chance to spend time in a mysterious former abbey of the sort she has read so much about. Read more ›
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Juliet Stevenson is brilliant 17 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
It is believed that Jane Austen wrote many of her first works for the entertainment of her family and would read them aloud for their opinions and enjoyment. It is not hard to imagine that Northanger Abbey was presented to her family in this manner. The language and phrasing lends itself so freely to the spoken word almost like a stage play, that I was quite certain that an audio book would be a great enhancement to the text. Add to that the talent of a creative narrator and you have a great combination for several hours of entertainment ahead of you.

I adore audio books and listen to them in the car during my commute to work. It is a great time to tune out the traffic, clear my head, and get lost in a good story. When I decided that I wanted to listen to an audio version of Northanger Abbey I discovered that there were three new unabridged audio editions that had been produced in the last two years to choose from. The first Blackstone Audiobooks (2007) was read by Nadia May, the second by Tantor Media (2006) and read by Donada Peters, and the third by Naxos AudioBooks (2006) and read Juliet Stevenson. The first two readers appeared to be professional narrators specializing in the classics with a diverse range of authors, and the third Juliet Stevenson is a well known British stage and screen actress, whose performance as the acerbic Mrs. Elton in the 1996 movie adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Emma was so hilarious, that I knew she would be an excellent choice to read the novel with the extra bit of animation that I desired.

Ms. Stevenson did not disappoint and far exceeded my expectations.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Northanger Abbey 30 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This classic Jane Austin novel, so old fashioned in its style of writing is none-the-less rather exciting, and suspenseful. Love the illustrations too.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pleasant and amusing...a delightful book 14 Aug 2004
Format:Paperback
'Northanger Abbey' is the story of the young and naive Catherine Morland and her venture into the complexities of adult social life. It takes a tongue-in-cheek view of a girl's ideas of romance and adventure formed by reading Gothic novels, and how, with a series of very entertaining episodes that result in anti-climaxes, Catherine realises that real life is different from fiction.
In constrast with her other novels, Jane Austen's humour is rendered more in the narration than in dialogue. The strength of this novel lies in its simplicity and in its very believable characters. Catherine is not as beautiful, witty or talented as Austen's more popular heriones - Emma or Elizabeth Bennett - but she is extremely likeable. Her simplicity touches a chord and my heart went out to her whenever she was in distress, either in handling her uncouth suitor John Thorpe or being taken for a ride by her 'friend' Isabelle, or when General Tilney abruptly asks her to leave their home, Northanger Abbey.
I was so intrigued by the way the book 'The Mysteries Of Udolpho' had influenced Catherine, that I picked it up to read to know what was in it. Would recommend that book too!
'Northanger Abbey' was a very pleasant book to read; I enjoyed it immensely.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not her best work
I found the first half of the book tedious. It picked up a bit once they reached Northanger Abbey but it isn't her finest writing and the characters are not as well drawn. Read more
Published 2 days ago by rjw27
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I read this book on my Kindle and it gives me so many memories of the first time I read it.
Published 8 days ago by Country Music Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Northanger Abbey
Another amazing novel by the wonderful Jane Austen and I loved it so much that I have read it on more than one occasion and no doubt will read it again in the future!
Published 9 days ago by Biddy429
5.0 out of 5 stars A delectable delight!
The first of Austen's completed novels, Northanger Abbey was sold to a bookseller for 10 in 1803, but the bookseller then decided not to publish it. Read more
Published 12 days ago by FictionFan
4.0 out of 5 stars Gothic fun
Catherine Morland is determined to be a romantic heroine, she is a lover of the castle of Udolpho and other gothic novels so when she visits Bath she feels romance must follow. Read more
Published 23 days ago by blackcatgib
4.0 out of 5 stars Romance
Good old romance at its best no sex involved just love. Jane Austen wrote the best romance novels of all time, I love her work.
Published 1 month ago by Maria Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Austen
She takes a silly girl who reads racy romantic fiction and puts her in a volatile situation. In Bath for the season, first she meets a very amiable young man whose intelligent whit... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Betseylee
4.0 out of 5 stars My first Austen
Brilliant although took me some time to get used to the language. Looking forward to my next one - pride and prejudice!
Published 1 month ago by Laura
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT hER bEST
THIS VERY LATE BOOK IS NOT ONE OF HER BEST. NEITHER THE CHARACTERS NOR THE PLOT ARE UP TO HER USUAL STANDARD ALTHOUGH THERE ARE SOME LOVELY SUBTLE TOUCHES HERE AND THERE.. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Anne M Scrimshaw
4.0 out of 5 stars With moments of sparkle it's not (for me) the classic that many of...
It's not one of Austen's best known or loved. It's not one of the most quoted or adapted. It doesn't have the idolised heroine or hero of her most famous work. Read more
Published 2 months ago by K. J. Noyes
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