《诺桑觉寺》是19世纪最有影响的经典小说之一，是简·奥斯丁最早写成却最迟出版的小说。作品描写一个善良、单纯的女孩的冒险经历，对当时流行的 “哥特小说”进行了嘲讽。筒·奥斯丁的作品如“两寸牙雕”，从一个小窗口中窥视到整个社会形态和人情世故。小说自出版以来，一直销镑至今，已被翻译成几十 种文字，还被多次改编成电影，电视剧。《诺桑觉寺（世界文学名著·英语原著版）》中所展现的爱情故事感染了一代又一代读者。
Northanger Abbey tells the story of a young girl, CatherineMorland who leaves her sheltered, rural home to enter the busy,sophisticated world of Bath in the late 1790s. Austen observes withinsight and humour the interaction between Catherine and thevarious characters whom she meets there, and tracks her growingunderstanding of the world about her.
In this, her first full-length novel, Austen also fixes her sharp,ironic gaze on other kinds of contemporary novel, especially theGothic school made famous by Ann Radcliffe. Catherine’s readingbees intertwined with her social and romantic adventures, adding tothe uncertainties and embarrassments she must undergo beforefinding happiness.