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  • The Novel's History
    The Importance of Reading to Jane Austen
    How Austen's Characters Read
    The Modern Reader and Northanger Abbey

A Note on the Text
Jane Austen: A Brief Chronology
Title-Page, 1818 edition
Biographical Notice
Author's AdvertisementNorthanger AbbeyAppendix A: Jane Austen's Correspondence with Crosby Publishing HouseAppendix B: Jane Austen's Private Family CorrespondenceAppendix C: Examples of Jane Austen's Reading

  1. Ann Radcliffe Romance of the Forest
  2. William Gilpin Observations on the Picturesque
  3. Sentimental Heroines
    1. Elizabeth Hervey Louisa
    2. Charlotte Smith Emmeline
    3. 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 1800Appendix G: Day Trips from BathAppendix H: Map of South West England, circa 1856Appendix I: Frontispiece to the 1833 edition of Northanger AbbeyAppendix J: Horse-Drawn Transportation

  1. Chaise and Four
  2. Phaeton
  3. Curricle
  4. Gig

Works Cited/Recommended Reading

About the Author

Claire Grogan, a professor in the Department of English at Bishop's University, has also edited for the same series Elizabeth Hamilton's Memoirs of Modern Philosophers.


Austen is the hot property of the entertainment world with new feature film versions of Persuasion and Sense and Sensibility on the silver screen and Pride and Prejudice hitting the TV airwaves on PBS. Such high visibility will inevitably draw renewed interest in the original source materials. These new Modern Library editions offer quality hardcovers at affordable prices.

Claire Grogan's excellent introduction foregrounds the range of historical and cultural references in Northanger Abbey, enriching the experiences of reading which are at the heart of the novel's meaning. The text is a model of clarity, and the annotation is consistently helpful and lucid. As in all editions in this series from Broadview Press, the contextual material gathered in the appendices is rewarding. Included here is a wealth of information about Jane Austen's correspondence and her reading; reviews of Northanger Abbey; maps of Bath and the West of England; and a splendid guide to the social meanings of various kinds of horse-drawn travel. A full bibliography completes this outstanding edition, making it the obvious choice for Jane Austen's modern readers." - Nicholas Roe, University of St. Andrews

"Claire Grogan's full and innovative new edition of Northanger Abbey provides background material that invites readers to think about this ambitious and exhilarating novel in fresh and suggestive ways. Grogan rightly calls Northanger Abbey Austen's most literary novel, and the edition she has prepared makes it possible to see how closely it is involved in the literary and political backgrounds of its time. An exemplary edition!" - Claudia L. Johnson, Princeton University

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