I am a serious Janeite. most of my friends have read the “big three” – Pride & Prejudice, Emma and Sense and sensibility, but few have read her other three complete novels – Persuasion, Mansfield park & Northanger Abbey. They are fabulous. I recently discovered that these are all available in their entirety (with a little digging) on youtube.
Though Northanger Abbey is one of Jane Austen’s earliest novels, it was not published until after her death–well after she’d established her reputation. Of all her novels, this one is the most explicitly literary – it is primarily concerned with books and with readers. In it, Austen skewers the novelistic excesses of her contemporaries. In many respects Northanger Abbey is the most lighthearted of Jane Austen’s novels, yet at its core is a serious, unsentimental commentary on love and marriage, 19th-century British style.
I wanted to aggregate all the links into posts for my friends who have wanted to watch these (as a precursor to actually reading the books, I hope). So, I hope you enjoy today’s presentation of Northanger Abbey.