Northanger Abbey

By Jane Austen; Robert Kiely (Introduction by)
(Modern Library, Paperback, 9780375759178, 256pp.)

Publication Date: January 8, 2002

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Description
Jane Austen's first novel, "Northanger Abbey"--published posthumously in 1818--tells the story of Catherine Morland and her dangerously sweet nature, innocence, and sometime self-delusion. Though Austen's fallible heroine is repeatedly drawn into scrapes while vacationing at Bath and during her subsequent visit to Northanger Abbey, Catherine eventually triumphs, blossoming into a discerning woman who learns truths about love, life, and the heady power of literature. The satirical "Northanger Abbey" pokes fun at the gothic novel while earnestly emphasizing caution to the female sex.
This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the first edition of 1818.



About the Author
Jane Austen was an English writer who penned six famous novels about love and class in the eighteenth century. Her works have been studied, performed and read for almost 200 years and still maintain a relevance and wisdom in today's society.

Robert Kiely, a Benedictine Oblate, is an emeritus professor of English and American literature at Harvard University. At Harvard, he served terms as associate dean of undergraduate education, chair of the English department, and master of Adams House from 1973-99. His current research interests center on narrative, storytelling, and the relationship between Christian literature and the visual arts.
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