By Jane Austen
HarperCollins is proud to provide its new variety of best-loved, crucial classics. 'Northanger Abbey! those have been exciting phrases, and wound up Catherine's emotions to the top element of ecstasy.' thought of the main light-hearted and satirical of Austen's novels, Northanger Abbey tells the tale of an not going younger heroine Catherine Morland. whereas staying in bathtub, Catherine meets Henry Tilney and his sister Eleanor who invite her to their kinfolk property, Northanger Abbey. keen on Gothic Romance novels, naive Catherine is quickly letting her mind's eye run wild within the atmospheric abbey, fuelled via her friendship with the vivacious Isabella Thorpe. it's only while the realities of lifestyles set in round her that Catherine's fantastical international is shattered. A coming-of-age novel, Austen expertly parodies the Gothic romance novels of her time and divulges a lot approximately her unsentimental view of affection and marriage within the eighteenth century.
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It was disposed of to a bookseller, it was even advertised, and why the business proceeded no farther, the author has never been able to learn. That any bookseller should think it worth while to purchase what he did not think it worth while to publish seems extraordinary. But with this, neither the author nor the public have any other concern than as some observation is necessary upon those parts of the work which thirteen years have made comparatively obsolete. The public are entreated to bear in mind that thirteen years have passed since it was finished, many more since it was begun, and that during that period, places, manners, books, and opinions have undergone considerable changes.
She was fond of dancing, and excelled in it. It remains now to add a few observations on that which her friends deemed more important, on those endowments which sweetened every hour of their lives. If there be an opinion current in the world, that perfect placidity of temper is not reconcileable [sic] to the most lively imagination, and the keenest relish for wit, such an opinion will be rejected for ever by those who have had the happiness of knowing the authoress of the following works. Though the frailties, foibles, and follies of others could not escape her immediate detection, yet even on their vices did she never trust herself to comment with unkindness.
The fictional Morris Zapp himself concludes that such a project "couldn't succeed because it isn't possible, and it isn't possible because of the nature of language itself, in which meaning is constantly being transferred from one signifier to another and can never be absolutely possessed" (Small World, 24). Northanger Abbey will continue to be read and interpreted by future generations because Austen prefers a rich ambiguity to simplistic definition. Northanger Abbey is a text about reading, reading novels, reading people and reading situations, directed by Austen at both the heroine and her readers.