I'm starting with Northanger Abbey because it always seems like the earliest/youngest of Jane Austen's novels, even though it wasn't. Although published posthumously in 1818, it was started in 1798 - which was two years after the first version of Pride and Prejudice, and three after the original Sense and Sensibility. Despite this, it feels as if it pre-dates those, possibly as a result of being kept by a
Not that this is going to be a particularly well thought out or even academic series of blog entires. I might stray into that territory, but this is really not meant to be viewed as anything beyond an Austen fangirl pratting about (and procrastinating over her own writing; Jane would so approve). And in lieu of that, I'm going to be keeping track of certain things in each chapter - it could be a drinking game except I think the first one could lead to alcohol poisoning.
- Catherine gets something wrong
- Every time I want to hit John Thorpe
- Every time I want to pounce Henry Tilney
- All name checks of other novels
- Gothic convention is turned on its head
- Catherine gets something right
As can possibly be told from the above, I've read this book a few times, so there will be spoilers in the posts. I'm going to be working from Project Gutenburg's copy of the novel, because, while I own a hard copy, I hate going from book to screen and back again; it's just a kerfuffle. Am pretty sure that's how I destroyed my original copy of the book while doing my dissertation.
A full list of these posts can be found either on the 18th Century page above or using the C18: Northanger Abbey tag.