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Northanger Abbey : Design by Coralie Bickford Smith - Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey

Design by Coralie Bickford Smith

By: Jane Austen , Marilyn Butler (Introduction by), Coralie Bickford-Smith (Designed by)


Published: 3rd November 2011
For Ages: 18+ years old
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Part of Penguin's beautiful hardback Clothbound Classics series, designed by the award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality colourful, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design.

During an eventful season at Bath, young, naïve Catherine Morland experiences the joys of fashionable society for the first time. She is delighted with her new acquaintances: flirtatious Isabella, who shares Catherine's love of Gothic romance and horror, and sophisticated Henry and Eleanor Tilney, who invite her to their father's mysterious house, Northanger Abbey. There, her imagination influenced by novels of sensation and intrigue, Catherine imagines terrible crimes committed by General Tilney. With its broad comedy and irrepressible heroine, this is the most youthful and and optimistic of Jane Austen's works.

About the Author

Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction set among the gentry have earned her a place as one of the most widely read and most beloved writers in English literature. She was born in Steventon rectory on 16th December 1775. Her family later moved to Bath and then to Chawton in Hampshire. She wrote from a young age and Pride and Prejudice was begun when she was twenty-two years old. It was initially rejected by the publisher she submitted it to and eventually published in 1813 after much revision. All four of her novels - Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815) published in her lifetime were published anonymously. Jane Austen died on 18th July 1817. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion (both 1817) were published posthumously.

About the Designer

Coralie Bickford-Smith is an award-winning designer at Penguin Books (U.K.), where she has created several highly acclaimed series designs. She studied typography at Reading University and lives in London.

[Coralie Bickford-Smith's] recent work for Penguin Classics is...nothing short of glorious -- Anna Cole Co.



Jane Austen: A Brief Chronology

A Note on the Text

Biographical Notice

Author's Advertisement

Northanger Abbey

Appendix A: Jane Austen's Correspondence with Crosby Publishing House

Appendix B: Jane Austen's Private Family Correspondence

Appendix C: Examples of Jane Austen's Reading
1. Ann Radcliff, Romance of the Forest
2. William Gilpin, Observations on the Picturesque
3. Sentimental Heroines a. Elizabeth Hervey, Louisa b. Charlotte Smith, Emmeline c. Helen Maria Williams, Julia

Appendix D: Catherine Morland's Reading Material
1. Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho

Appendix E: Reviews of Northanger Abbey
1. British Critic (March 1818)
2. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (May 1818)
3. Gentleman's Magazine (July 1818)
4. Quarterly Review (January 1821)

Appendix F: Map of Bath, circa 1800

Appendix G: Day Trips from Bath

Appendix H: Map of South West England, circa 1856

Appendix I: Frontispiece to the 1833 edition of Northanger Abbey

Appendix J: Horse-Drawn Transportation
1. Chaise and Four
2. Phaeton
3. Curricle
4. Gig

Works Cited / Recommended Reading
Jane Austen

Jane Austen was born on 16 December 1775 at Steventon, near Basingstoke, the seventh child of the rector of the parish. She lived with her family at Steventon until they moved to Bath when her father retired in 1801. After his death in 1805, she moved around with her mother; in 1809, they settled in Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. Here she remained, except for a few visits to London, until in May 1817 she moved to Winchester to be near her doctor. There she died on 18 July 1817.

Jane Austen was extremely modest about her own genius, describing her work to her nephew, Edward, as 'the little bit (two Inches wide) of Ivory, on which I work with so fine a Brush, as produces little effect after much labour'.

As a girl she wrote stories, including burlesques of popular romances. Her works were published only after much revision, four novels being published in her lifetime.

These are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815). Two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1817 with a biographical notice by her brother, Henry Austen, the first formal announcement of her authorship. Persuasion was written in a race against failing health in 1815-16. She also left two earlier compositions, a short epistolary novel, Lady Susan, and an unfinished novel, The Watsons. At the time of her death, she was working on a new novel, Sanditon, a fragmentary draft of which survives.

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ISBN: 9780141197715
ISBN-10: 0141197714
Series: Penguin Clothbound Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 3rd November 2011
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.6 x 13.6  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1