Friday, July 28, 2006

The terror of Northanger Abbey had no name!

(click for larger image--the text is priceless)

Check out this wonderful 1965 bookcover to "A paper library gothic." I wonder if that is the forerunner to "romance novels." Actually wondered the same thing while reading Northanger Abbey. Anyway, you think they missed the entire point of the novel? I have to believe that anyone that bought the book based on the cover and back had to have been disappointed.

Here is the quote that they take completely out of context:
The wind roared down the chimney, the rain beat in torrents against the windows, and everything seemed to speak the awfulness of her situation. [...] The storm still raged, and various were the noises, more terrific even than the wind, which struck at intervals on her startled ear. The very curtains of her bed seemed at one moment in motion, and at another the lock of her door was agitated, as if by the attempt of somebody to enter. Hollow murmurs seemed to creep along the gallery, and more than once her blood was chilled by the sound of distant moans.

Thanks to The Republic of Pemberley for the book find. I just found the site and it looks to have lots of Austen links and information.

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