Northanger Abbey

By Jane Austen
Produced by Dove Audio
Read by Glenda Jackson

The Classics Read by Celebrities Series

8.05 Hours 02/01/2008 unabridged
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Jane Austen’s first major novel, a parody of the popular literature of the time, is an ironic tale of the romantic folly of men and women in pursuit of love, marriage, and money. The humorous adventures of young Catherine as she encounters “the difficulties and dangers of a six weeks’ residence in Bath” lead to some of Austen’s most brilliant social satire. There is Catherine’s hilarious liaison with a paragon of bad manners and boastfulness, her disastrous friendship with an unforgettably crass coquette, and a whirl of cotillion dances with their timeless mortifications. A visit to ancient Northanger Abbey, the ancestral home of the novel’s handsome hero, excites the irrepressible Catherine’s hopes of romance amid gothic horrors. But what awaits her there is a drama of a different kind, in this most youthfully exuberant and broadly comic of Jane Austen’s works.

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Summary

Summary

Jane Austen’s first major novel, a parody of the popular literature of the time, is an ironic tale of the romantic folly of men and women in pursuit of love, marriage, and money. The humorous adventures of young Catherine as she encounters “the difficulties and dangers of a six weeks’ residence in Bath” lead to some of Austen’s most brilliant social satire. There is Catherine’s hilarious liaison with a paragon of bad manners and boastfulness, her disastrous friendship with an unforgettably crass coquette, and a whirl of cotillion dances with their timeless mortifications. A visit to ancient Northanger Abbey, the ancestral home of the novel’s handsome hero, excites the irrepressible Catherine’s hopes of romance amid gothic horrors. But what awaits her there is a drama of a different kind, in this most youthfully exuberant and broadly comic of Jane Austen’s works.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“About an imaginative young woman who reads too many Gothic novels, the story is Austen’s most lighthearted.” Boston Globe
“Northanger Abbey, her most youthful and in many ways her most brillant novel…at times dares us to pay close attention to the artistic positions and processes her other novels tend to relegate to the background.” Claudia L. Johnson, Murray Professor of English Literature at Princeton University
“Combines a satire on conventional novels of polite society with one on gothic tales of terror.” Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature
“[Austen] uses her rapier wit to mock not only the essential silliness of ‘horrid’ novels, but to expose the even more horrid workings of polite society.” Amazon.com

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Author Bio: Jane Austen

Jane Austen (1775–1817) is considered by many scholars to be the first great woman novelist. Born in Steventon, England, she later moved to Bath and began to write for her own and her family’s amusement. Her novels, set in her own English countryside, depict the daily lives of provincial middle-class families with wry observation, a delicate irony, and a good-humored wit.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Classics
Runtime: 8.05
Audience: Adult
Language: English