Northanger Abbey (Broché)

Jane Austen

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  • Paru le : 01/01/1994
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Northanger Abbey is Jane Austen's amusing and bitingly satirical pastiche of the Gothic romances popular in her day. Catherine Morland, an unremarkable tomboy as a child, is thrown amongst all the difficulties and dangers of Bath at the ripe age of seventeen. Armed with an unworldly charm and a vivid imagination, she must overcome the caprices of elegant society, encountering along the way such characters as the vacuous Mrs Allen, coquettish Isabella and the brash bully John Thorpe.
Catherine's invitation to Northanger Abbey, in her eyes a haven of coffins, skeletons and other Gothic devices, does lead to an adventure, though one she didn't expect, and her misjudgement of the ambitions, somewhat villainous General Tilney is not wholly unjustified. However, with the aid of the unromantic hero Henry Tilney, Catherine gradually progresses towards maturity and self-knowledge.
  • Date de parution : 01/01/1994
  • Editeur : Penguin Books
  • Collection : penguin popular classics
  • ISBN : 0-14-062075-3
  • EAN : 9780140620757
  • Format : Poche
  • Présentation : Broché
  • Nb. de pages : 235 pages
  • Poids : 0.145 Kg
  • Dimensions : 11,5 cm × 18,0 cm × 1,5 cm
Jane Austen

Biographie de Jane Austen

Jane Austen (1775-1817) is often regarded as the greatest of English women novelists on the strength of her six completed novels. Noted particularly for their sparkling social comedy and accurate vision of human relationships, they are still as widely read today as they have ever been. The seventh child of a country parson, Jane Austen was born on 16 December 1775 at Steventon in Hampshire. Her father, the Reverend George Austen, was an intelligent and sensitive man who encouraged Jane in her love of reading.
From an early age she was familiar with the works of Henry Fielding, Sir Walter Scott, Richardson, Frances Burney and the poet George Crabbe. Her early attempts at writing include burlesques of popular romances. When her father retired in 1801 the family moved to Bath, which was later to feature in her novel Northanger Abbey (published posthumously in 1818). After his death in 1805 the family moved first to Southampton and then in 1809 to Chawton in Hampshire, where Jane Austen is known to have written her last three novels, Mansfield Park (1814), Emma (1816) and Persuasion (also published posthumously in 1818).
Although her other novels were written considerably earlier, it was not until 1811 that Sense and Sensibility was first published. Pride and Prejudice, which followed in 1813, features Jane Austen' own favourite heroine, Elizabeth Bennet. Surrounded by her lively and affectionate family and wholly immersed in her writing and domestic chores, Jane Austen led a life often noted for its lack of events.
She did, however, attract several suitors and even accepted a proposal of marriage from one admirer - only to change her mind the following morning. Jane Austen's self-contained life often seems reflected in her novels, which, peopled as they are by impoverished clerical families, eligible country squires, foolish snobs and husband-hunting women, seem to portray the world in miniature. Sir Walter Scott praised Jane Austen for that exquisite touch which renders ordinary commonplace things and characters interesting, while Somerset Maugham claimed that she had at her command the most precious gift a novelist can possess, that of keeping the reader's interest.
Jane Austen died in 1817. Generally thought to be her earliest major work, Northanger Abbey was first sold for publication in 1803. When, however, by 1816 the novel still hadn't been published the author bought back her manuscript for the same amount she had received for it thirteen years earlier - the princely sum of ten pounds. It was finally published posthumously with Persuasion in 1818, preceded by a biographical note written by her brother Henry.

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