So we all know that Northanger Abbey is celebrating its 200th birthday. Well it isn’t the only one. When Northanger Abbey was published in 1818, it wasn’t published singularly like the other novels. Instead it came as a 2-for-1 deal, published jointly with Persuasion.
Her brother Henry published this one and like Northanger Abbey, chose the title. We will never know exactly what Jane would have called it. But it doesn’t matter, it is a great book whatever it is called.
It is often called a wish fulfillment as old lovers broken apart are reunited years later, something Austen herself hoped would happen with her love, but never did.
The technical aspects of the navy seem to be based on Austen’s brother Captain Austen, and one of the main characters wives, based on her sister-in-law. That’s pretty cool and sweet of her to include them.
She also uses a strong irony in this as Anne was rich when she turned down poor Wentworth, but when he returns Anne is poor and Wentworth rich. I simply love this book because it seems so real, how the characters react and treat each other are the emotions they actually would.
Austen also does a great line about women being portrayed as a “femme fatale” so often as men are the writers of these novels; therefore the view is biased. Great book to check out, and we will be! We will be going through the book ourselves and checking out the great character of Anne Elliot:
And Captain Wentworth
And a whole crew of great characters!
Along with going through the book I will also be reviewing the books that are based on the novel or “rewrites” or “twists” on it.
Persuade Me (Darcy & Friends #2) by Juliet Archer
Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues by Christina Boyd
The Lady Anne Elliot Wentworth, Duchess of Glastonbury by Timothy Figueroa
Captain Wentworth’s Diary (Jane Austen Heroes #3) by Amanda Grange
The Family Fortune by Laurie Horowitz
Persuaded (The Jane Austen Diaries #3) by Jenni James
Persuasion: A Latter-Day Tale by Rebecca H. Jamison
Captain Wentworth’s Persuasion: Jane Austen’s Classic Retold Through His Eyes by Regina Jeffers
None But You (Frederick Wentworth, Captain #1) by Susan Kaye
For You Alone (Frederick Wentworth, Captain #2) by Susan Kaye
Searching for Captain Wentworth by Jane Odiwe
For Darkness Shows the Stars (For Darkness Shows the Stars #1) by Diana Peterfreund
Anne Elliot, A New Begining by Mark Lydon Simonsen
Possibilities (The Austen Series #6) by Debra White Smith
For more on Persuasion, go to Jane Austen Bridal Shower
For more on Anne Elliot, go to You Put the Jedi in Pride & PreJEDIce
For more on Captain Wentworth, go to I’m On a Boat