Northanger Abbey: Lady Susan ; The Watsons ; Sanditon: WITH Lady Susan: AND The Watsons: AND Sanditon

ISBN : 9780199535545

Jane Austen; John Davie; James Kinsley
432 Pages
129 x 196 mm
Pub date
Apr 2008
Oxford World's Classics


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  • The best-value edition, combining Northanger Abbey with three minor works, two early, one late, showing her originality across the full range of her career.
  • New introduction by Claudia L. Johnson reassesses received opinion about Northanger Abbey at the level of style as well as theme, and addresses recent critics as well as long established ones. Integrates for the first time the shorter, less-discussed works into the argument.
  • Reset text has crisper appearance.
  • New, up-to-date bibliography, and new chronology by General Editor Vivien Jones (University of Leeds).
  • New and extensive notes in particular draw attention to the many subtle parodies of the Gothic genre.
  • Appendices on social rank and dancing further contextualize the works.

'...in suspecting General Tilney of either murdering or shutting up his wife, she had scarcely sinned against his character, or magnified his cruelty.'
Northanger Abbey is about 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 heroines in 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 and literary burlesque.
Also including Austen's other short fictions, Lady SusanThe Watsons, and Sanditon, this valuable new edition examines the ambitious and innovative works with which she inaugurated as well as closed her career.


Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
A Chronology of Jane Austen
Advertisement, by the authoress, to Northanger Abbey
Volume I
Volume II
Appendix A: Rank and Social Class
Appendix B: Dancing
Textual Notes
Explanatory Notes

About the author: 

Jane Austen

Claudia L. Johnson, Professor of English at Princeton University, Edited by John Davie, formerly Principal Lecturer in English, Nottingham Trent University, and James Kinsley

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