A picture for the book Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey was Austen's first novel (1803) but it was not published until after her death in 1817. Catherine, one of ten children of a clergyman father, is in training to be a heroine, in hopes that life is like a gothic novel (her favorite is Ann Radcliffe's Mysteries of Udolpho). As her life experiences unfold, she realizes she's an ordinary young lady, after all. Illustration at right, entitled, "Catherine scaring herself with Udolpho" is from the 1833 edition. Favorite quote: “Oh! I am delighted with the book! I should like to spend my whole life in reading it.”

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

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