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Northanger Abbey

Series: Wordsworth Classics

by Jane Austen , Introduction and notes by David Blair

Category: Fiction / General
Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
Publication date: 5 May 1992
Number of pages: 208

Northanger Abbey tells the story of a young girl, Catherine Morland who leaves her sheltered, rural home to enter the busy, sophisticated world of Bath in the late 1790s. Austen observes with insight and humour the interaction between Catherine and the various characters whom she meets there, and tracks her growing understanding of the world about her. In this, her first full-length novel, Austen also fixes her sharp, ironic gaze on other kinds of contemporary novel, especially the Gothic school made famous by Ann Radcliffe. Catherine's reading becomes intertwined with her social and romantic adventures, adding to the uncertainties and embarrassments she must undergo before finding happiness.

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"'Full credit to adaptor and director Tim Luscombe for avoiding the more obvious titles and staging an earlier work that transfers more felicitously to the stage...' Guardian"

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