Northanger Abbey


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Belknap Press
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9.5 X 9.6 X 1.3 inches | 2.82 pounds

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About the Author

Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature.
Susan J. Wolfson is a professor of English at Princeton University and author of many essays on and editions of Romantic-era writers. Her books include The Questioning Presence; Formal Charges: The Shaping of Poetry in British Romanticism; and, most recently, Borderlines: The Shiftings of Gender in British Romanticism.


The Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press continues its stellar collection of gorgeous, oversized editions with a new annotated version of Jane Austen's 1817 novel Northanger Abbey. Princeton University English professor Susan Wolfson does the annotating honors this time, filling page after page with her lively and freakishly comprehensive marginalia...Her Introduction is fast-paced and insightful...The quality of the annotations themselves is universally excellent...No matter how many times you've read Northanger Abbey, Wolfson will teach you something, and many of the connections she draws are fascinating.-- (04/17/2014)
Offers up just the type of sumptuous reading experience that we've come to expect from this series...The Northanger Abbey text is richly illustrated with paintings, museum-quality photographs, and colorful Regency prints. A pleasure to turn, these luxurious pages will satisfy even the most book-hungry Janeite--and at a reasonable price. This is just the type of chocolate-box of a book that you will want to savor while curled up on the sofa...Wolfson's smart and gorgeous new edition of Northanger Abbey is a must-have for anyone who looks forward to reading or rereading this novel in time for its bicentenary. You are in for a treat.-- (12/01/2014)
Susan Wolfson is the ideal scholar-critic to guide us through Jane Austen's mock-gothic Northanger Abbey. With a masterly introduction, this annotated edition is a treasure-trove of historical background, intertextual illumination, and literary insight.--Joyce Carol Oates
Through her introduction and notes, Susan Wolfson provides abundant information about Jane Austen's life, circumstances, and cultural setting, as well as a penetrating interpretation of Northanger Abbey. This annotated edition adds to the enjoyment that the novel has given readers over almost three centuries. Austen's spoof of the Gothic supplies not only entertainment, but also, as Wolfson demonstrates, insight into the author's attitudes toward reading, gender relations, the novelist's art, and much besides.--Patricia Meyer Spacks, University of Virginia
Northanger Abbey, least known of Jane Austen's novels, offers some of her wittiest lines and most personal opinions. Susan Wolfson's cogent and spirited introduction and her notes, acute and thorough, make this an edition every Austen enthusiast will learn from and enjoy.--Claire Tomalin, author of Jane Austen: A Life