Jane Austen

Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism and biting social commentary have gained her historical importance among scholars and critics. Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry. She was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading. The steadfast support of her family was critical to her development as a professional writer. Her artistic apprenticeship lasted from her teenage years into her thirties. During this period, she experimented with various literary forms, including the epistolary novel which she then abandoned, and wrote and extensively revised three major novels and began a fourth.


Northanger Abbey

Northanger AbbeyAuthor: Jane Austen 
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ISBN: 978-1-935702-24-5
Published: April 15, 2013 
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Young Catherine Morland, the naive but winsome heroine of this nineteenth century comedy of manners, is thrust into fashionable society for the first time after being invited to Bath. Here she is initiated into life, attending various balls and meeting new and interesting members of the English gentry. But upon a visit to Northanger Abbey, the mysterious and forbidding abode of the father of her suitor, her obsession with the Gothic literature of the day leads her to believe that the estate is full of unimaginable horrors.