Friday, July 16, 2010

Random Facts about Northanger Abbey #NARead

I hope everyone has their copies, because it's time to start reading Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen! This week we'll be reading chapters 1 to 9 and will be discussing them on our blogs and Twitter (#NARead).

If you'd like to join the discussion, leave a comment with your name, blog url and/or Twitter username on the sign-up post and I'll be sure to add you to the list.

I thought now would be a good time to get get a little background information about Jane Austen and Northanger Abbey. If I miss any interesting information, please be sure to leave a comment. If you've written a pre-readalong post, leave the link to that as well and I'll make sure to link to it.
  • Northanger Abbey was the first book Jane Austen sold, but it wasn't published until after her death.
  • Northhanger Abbey has been the subject of a few television adaptions, but has never been made into a motion picture.
  • Northanger Abbey contains one of the first references to baseball ever to appear in print.
  • Northanger Abbey and other novels by Jane Austen are often misclassified as gothic novels when they are actually parodies of gothic novels.. Jane Austen was a writer with a keen sense of humor and she used her writing as a means to poke fun at the genre and the world as she saw it.
  • Northanger Abbey was originally titled either Memorandum, Susan or Lady Susan, depending on what source you use.
  • Jane Austen earned approximately 684.13 pounds sterling in her lifetime from her novels.That is 1038.37 US dollars. Calculating for inflation, that would be equal to $14,362.03 in 2009.
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  1. I've got my copy and have commenced reading!

  2. I have my copy and will be reading it at Boy Scout camp. I won't be able to discuss it though, as I will not have a computer with me. I will do a post when I get back.

  3. I'm ready! I'm on Ch. 7 already and am taking notes so I can join in the discussion! :)

  4. I've got my copy and will start reading this weekend!

  5. +JMJ+

    I reread my copy last month and probably won't do so again this month, but if all your updates will be like this one, then I'll look forward to all of them! =D

  6. I'm excited to start this as I haven't read Northanger Abbey yet. One of the last of the Jane Austen's for me to read. Can't wait to start this week.

  7. I'll be starting it this weekend as well, probably listening to an audio-recording to keep me on track. Let you know how it goes. I'm really excited ^_^

  8. I'm glad to see everyone is ready and excited! I'll probably start my copy tomorrow.

    @Booksnob - Whatever you can work in is great.

    @Book Lady - Oh, good for you! I see a lot of note taking min my future too.

    @Enbrethiel - We'd love your insight, so please join in the discussion even if you aren't reading along with us. My next couple of updates will probably be whatever I randomly think while reading each section.

    @agirlreads - I still have to read Persuasion and Sense & Sensibility too. If this works out well, maybe I can set up another Austen readalong next year.

    @Vicki - Oh, I'd love to hear how this works on audio. I'm always tempted to read the classics that way but my library doesn't have a large classics on audio selection.

  9. I've started - read five chapters yesterday and enjoying it immensely.

  10. +JMJ+

    What the heck! I started rereading it again two days ago. =P It helped that last month's rereading was for a post I wanted to write about the Abbey as a setting, so I stuck to the relevant chapters and left the rest of the book alone. So now that I'm going from cover to cover, like a proper reader, it's definitely a better experience.

    Anyway, I read fast and am not busy at the moment, so I'm about halfway through. I really think that Northanger Abbey is the wrong title for the book. Mansfield Park: now there is a novel grounded in its setting and with a title that makes sense. This book would be better off as Catherine, because it's all about her development and has more action taking place in Bath than in Gloucestershire!

  11. @Enbrethiliel - That's the spirit! I see what you mean about the title. I've finished this week's chapters and have yet to come across Northanger Abbey.