JANE AUSTEN NORTHANGER ABBEY LADY SUSAN * THE WATSONS * SANDITON Edited by James Kinsley and John Davie With a new Introduction and Notes by Claudia L. Johnson General Editor: Vivien Jones '...in suspecting General Tilney of either murdering or shutting up his wife, she had scarcely sinned against his character, or magnified his cruelty' Northanger Abbey is about the misadventures of Catherine Morland, young, ingenuous, and mettlesome, and an indefatigable reader of Gothic novels. Their romantic excess and dark overstatement feed her imagination, as tyrannical fathers and diabolical villains work their evil on forlorn heroines in isolated settings. What could be more remote from the uneventful securities of life in the midland counties of England? Yet as Austen brilliantly contrasts fiction with reality, ordinary life takes a more sinister turn, and edginess and circumspection are reaffirmed alongside comedy and literary burlesque. Also including Austen's other short fictions, Lady Susan, The Watsons, and Sanditon, this valuable new edition examines the ambitious and innovative works with which she inaugurated as well as closed her career. * INTRODUCTION * TEXTUAL NOTE * BIBLIOGRAPHY * CHRONOLOGY * APPENDICES ON RANK AND DANCING * GLOSSARY.Austen, Jane is the author of 'Northanger Abbey, Lady Susan, the Watsons, Sanditon Lady Susan ; The Watsons ; Sanditon', published 2003 under ISBN 9780192840820 and ISBN 0192840827.