Publication Date: April 24, 2012
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“If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad.”
Irony, witty banter, and all the wisdom that defines Jane Austen's novels, pour forth from every page of Northanger Abbey. At the end of the 18th century, as Gothic literature was especially popular, an avid reader of such novels— young, affectionate, and unworldly Catherine Morland, the daughter of a country clergyman— sets off for the high society of lively Bath, thus to begin an adventure of her own. While dances, theater attendances, and moments of romantic intrigue, in particular with a certain charming Henry Tilney, fill her days— her head is filled with Gothic fancies— and inevitably the two worlds must eclipse.
From an authoress who has been held in high esteem by many of the great writers and intellectuals of the past two centuries, Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey belongs in every library— unless, of course, the reader is intolerably stupid.
Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design.
Northanger Abbey is wonderfully satirical, though enriched with as much depth and wisdom as all Jane Austen's novels. I own all of her novels in the Penguin Clothbound Classics edition; they are beautiful and include maps besides notes.
Everyone should read Jane Austen— men, let not the film adaptations scare you away, her novels were written for your enjoyment as well as that of the other sex.