Our next book has been chosen and it is Jane Austen’s first book: Northanger Abbey. Written in 1798 but not published until 1818 (after her death), it is a satire on over-the-top Gothic novels that were popular at the time. Like Don Quixote, it has lived longer than the literature it satirized. Another common Austen theme of confusing life and art is prevalent throughout the book.
Free online versions can be found at Project Gutenberg and at the University of Virginia’s e-text center. Paperback copies can be found in bookstores or online for under $10. There are 31 chapters, and we will cover around 6 a week—that will be about 50 pages at a time. Hopefully a shorter book and slower reading schedule will make it easier for people to read and participate.
I’ll post a schedule later, but plan to start discussions on this a couple of weeks after the last scheduled Vanity Fair date (or around the middle of July). There are a lot of online resources for the book, which I’ll also post later. Have fun reading!