Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen


English: Colour illustration of a 1907 edition...

English: Colour illustration of a 1907 edition of Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen’s novel), by C. E. Brock (died 1938) Français : Illustration en couleurs d’une édition de 1907 de Northanger Abbey (de Jane Austen), par C. E. Brock (mort en 1938). Catherine Morland, en visite au presbytère de Henry, à Woodston, redécouvre les plaisirs simples de la campagne en jouant avec une portée de jeunes chiots, loin de l’aristocratique abbaye de Northanger (volume II, chapitre XI). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Northanger AbbeyNorthanger Abbey by Jane Austen

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

 

According to Wiki, Northanger Abbey was the first of Jane Austen’s novels to be completed for publication, though she had previously made a start on Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. According to Cassandra Austen’s Memorandum, Susan (as it was first called) was written approximately during 1798–99. It was revised by Austen for the press in 1803, and sold in the same year for £10 to a London bookseller, Crosby & Co., who decided against publishing. In 1817, the bookseller was content to sell it back to the novelist’s brother, Henry Austen, for the exact sum — £10 — that he had paid for it at the beginning, not knowing that the writer was by then the author of four popular novels. The novel was further revised before being brought out posthumously in late December 1817 (1818 given on the title-page), as the first two volumes of a four-volume set with Persuasion.

 

 

A TV movie Northanger Abbey (TV 2007) was made based on this book.

 

 

I wouldn’t say this one of my favorite Austen’s book, but I liked its gothic aspect.

 

 

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