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Susan J. Wolfson is Professor of English at Princeton University.


Susan Wolfson is the ideal scholar-critic to guide us through Jane Austen's mock-gothic Northanger Abbey. With a masterly introduction, this annotated edition is a treasure-trove of historical background, intertextual illumination, and literary insight.--Joyce Carol Oates
Through her introduction and notes, Susan Wolfson provides abundant information about Jane Austen's life, circumstances, and cultural setting, as well as a penetrating interpretation of Northanger Abbey. This annotated edition adds to the enjoyment that the novel has given readers over almost three centuries. Austen's spoof of the Gothic supplies not only entertainment, but also, as Wolfson demonstrates, insight into the author's attitudes toward reading, gender relations, the novelist's art, and much besides.--Patricia Meyer Spacks, University of Virginia
Northanger Abbey, least known of Jane Austen's novels, offers some of her wittiest lines and most personal opinions. Susan Wolfson's cogent and spirited introduction and her notes, acute and thorough, make this an edition every Austen enthusiast will learn from and enjoy.--Claire Tomalin, author of Jane Austen: A Life
The Belknap Press of the Harvard University Press continues its stellar collection of gorgeous, oversized editions with a new annotated version of Jane Austen's 1817 novel Northanger Abbey. Princeton University English professor Susan Wolfson does the annotating honors this time, filling page after page with her lively and freakishly comprehensive marginalia...Her Introduction is fast-paced and insightful...The quality of the annotations themselves is universally excellent...No matter how many times you've read Northanger Abbey, Wolfson will teach you something, and many of the connections she draws are fascinating.--Steve Donoghue"Open Letters Monthly" (04/17/2014)

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