This Norton Critical Edition is the most extensively annotated student edition available. "Backgrounds" features material carefully chosen to enhance readers' appreciation of the novel, including biographical commentary, early works and correspondence related to Northanger Abbey, and excerpts by Ann Radcliffe, Frances Burney, and William Wordsworth, among others, tracing Austen's connection to her Romantic contemporaries. "Criticism" collects thirteen assessments of Northanger Abbey from a wide range of voices and periods, including essays by Margaret Oliphant and Rebecca West and critics Patricia Meyer Spacks, Claudia L. Johnson, Lee Erickson, and Joseph Litvak. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.
Northanger Abbey, written in Jane Austen's youth and posthumously published, is arguably her most mysterious, imaginative, and optimistic novel.
Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Susan Fraiman is Professor of English at the University of Virginia. She is the author of Unbecoming Women: British Women Writers and the Novel of Development and Cool Men and the Second Sex. In addition to essays on Jane Austen, she has published numerous articles in the areas of feminist and cultural studies.