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Northanger Abbey; Lady Susan; The Watsons; Sanditon

ISBN-10: 0192833685

ISBN-13: 9780192833686

Edition: 1998

Authors: Jane Austen, John Davie, Terry Castle, Terry Castle

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Northanger Abbey depicts the misadventures of Catherine Morland, young, ingenuous, and mettlesome, and an indefatigable reader of gothic novels. Their romantic excess and dark overstatement feed her imagination, as tyrannical fathers and diabolical villains work their evil on forlorn heroinesin isolated settings. What could be more remote from the uneventful securities of life in the midland counties of England? Yet as Austen brilliantly contrasts fiction with reality, ordinary life takes a more sinister turn, and edginess and circumspection are reaffirmed alongside comedy andliterary burlesque. Also including Austen's other short fictions, Lady Susan, The Watsons, and Sanditon, this valuable new edition shows her to be as innovative at the start of her career as at its close.
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Book details

List price: $5.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/25/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 432
Size: 7.70" wide x 5.10" long x 1.10" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works lasting appeal. She is at her best in such books as Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816), in which she examines and often ridicules the behavior of small groups of middle-class characters. Austen relies heavily on conversations among her characters to reveal their personalities, and at times her novels read almost like plays. Several of them have, in fact, been made into films.

Introduction
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Jane Austen
Northanger Abbey
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Lady Susan
The Watsons
Sanditon
Rank and Social Class
Dancing
Textual Notes
Explanatory Notes