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Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen

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                   NORTHANGER ABBEY

                      Jane Austen


THIS little work was finished in the year 1803, and intended
for immediate publication.  It was disposed of to a bookseller,
it was even advertised, and why the business proceeded
no farther, the author has never been able to learn. 
That any bookseller should think it worth-while to
purchase what he did not think it worth-while to publish
seems extraordinary.  But with this, neither the author
nor the public have any other concern than as some
observation is necessary upon those parts of the work
which thirteen years have made comparatively obsolete. 
The public are entreated to bear in mind that thirteen
years have passed since it was finished, many more
since it was begun, and that during that period,
places, manners, books, and opinions have undergone
considerable changes. 

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