Author: Jane Austen
1st Published: 1817 (Written: 1798)
Genre: Classic Fiction, Parody of Gothic Novels,
Language: English (British, late 1700s/early 1800s)
Narrator: Third person omniscient
Tense: Immediate past
Setting (time): January–April 1798.
Finish Reading: April, 2012
First Sentence: No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be an heroine.
Goodreads Synopsis: The story’s unlikely heroine is Catherine Morland, a remarkably innocent seventeen-year-old woman from a country parsonage. While spending a few weeks in Bath with a family friend, Catherine meets and falls in love with Henry Tilney, who invites her to visit his family estate, Northanger Abbey. Once there, Catherine, a great reader of Gothic thrillers, lets the shadowy atmosphere of the old mansion fill her mind with terrible suspicions. What is the mystery surrounding the death of Henry’s mother? Is the family concealing a terrible secret within the elegant rooms of the Abbey? Can she trust Henry, or is he part of an evil conspiracy? Catherine finds dreadful portents in the most prosaic events, until Henry persuades her to see the peril in confusing life with art.