Macmillan Students’ Novels are intended for those reading major classic novels for the first time and in particular students taking first examinations. Each volume contains the complete text, together with an introduction, a section of plates and explanatory notes. Information on the author is provided, together with background to the novel and detailed comments on the plot, the language used and the literary qualities of the work. Each book has been carefully edited to suit the needs of students taking first examinations.
Northanger Abbey was written in 1798 but was not published until 1817, just after Jane Austen’s death. It is one of her most delightful and humorous love stories, in which she makes gentle fun of her heroine’s weakness for popular, melodramatic tales of mystery and sensation. Catherine Morland is introduced to the fashionable world of Bath society, and, as a result of a misunderstanding, she is believed to be a wealthy heiress. The story of her falling in love with the handsome Henry Tilney, and of the complications which occur when his father discovers that she is only one of the ten children of comparatively poor country vicar, is told with delicacy and tenderness.