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About the Writer

Portrait of Jane Austen (c. 1810). Watercolor and pencil. By Cassandra Austen (1773-1845).
1775 - 1817

Jane Austen was a romantic novelist whose works are some of the most widely read in English literature. While not prolific, Austen's best know works include the beloved novels Pride and Prejudice and Emma that have each inspired many film adaptations. Her plots feature themes of love and marriage, highlighting the role women in the early 19th century and their need to secure position through a marital alliance.

About the Book

The fist of Jane Austen's novels to be published, Northanger Abbey is a novel with gothic influences that tells the story of young Catherine Morland's first journey into the world. Catherine, the daughter of a country cleric, is invited by wealthy family friends on a visit to Bath where she meets a variety of people.

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