If tales of terror set in old, dark houses scare you or inflame your imagination, you're not unlike Catherine Morland, heroine of this marvelously impish satire by Jane Austen.
Northanger Abbey is the medieval manor of Henry Tilney, with whom, while at a summer resort, Catherine falls in love and wants to marry. But she becomes darkly suspicious of the abbey once invited there -- for she has read many of the Gothic horror novels popular in the author's day. Surely, a wicked crime lies buried in it. Surely, Henry's eccentric father is gruesomely involved...
The true situation at the manor exposes Catherine's folly. It also subjects her to a deeper humiliation. For NORTHANGER ABBEY (1818) is a literary satire, a mystery, and something more. It is a bright, barbed study of social snobbery, of the search for love frustrated by ambition and greed. As such, critics have rated it not far behind Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE -- and, in its own right, one of the greater glories of English literature.
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This paperback book is printed in larger type for easy reading. It is complete and unabridged from the original novel. It's in very good condition with light cover wear, a small mark on the cover, and mild spine wear.