Saturday, September 27, 2008

Northanger Abbey

I am becoming an avid fan of Jane Austen and am joining a small reading group dedicated to her works along with her contemporaries. We will begin by reading and discussing Northanger Abbey. I researched abbies in Austen Country- Hampshire, and dicovered this beautiful monastery, Mottisfont.

To read about it go here.
Now about Northanger Abbey: According to Wikipedia, "Northanger Abbey was the first of Jane Austen's novels to be completed for publication, though she had previously made a start on Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. According to Cassandra Austen's Memorandum, Susan (as it was first called) was written about the years 1798-1799.
Northanger Abbey was written by Austen in 1798, revised for the press in 1803, and sold in the same year for £10 to a London bookseller, Crosby & Co., who decided against publishing the novel. The bookseller was content to sell it back to the novelist's brother, Henry Austen, for the exact sum that he had paid for it at the beginning, not knowing that the writer was already the author of four popular novels. The novel was further revised before being brought out posthumously in late December 1817 (1818 given on the title-page), as the first two volumes of a four-volume set with Persuasion."


  1. I love Jane Austin anything. We had the most delightful series on the television over here just recently, entitled Lost in Austin, where a modern day lass manages to somehow go back to the time of Pride and Prejudice and be in the novel with wonderful results. I won't tell you the end, but I hope that you get a chance to see it. It was wonderful!


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