Henry Tilney’s Diary

    In Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey (1798/1818), Henry Tilney pokes fun at Catherine Morland for not keeping a journal: “‘my dear madam, I am not so ignorant of young ladies’ ways as you wish to believe me; it is this delightful habit of journalizing which largely contributes to form the easy style of writing for which ladies are so generally celebrated’” (Austen, Northanger Abbey, 27). Henry’s teasing disbelief at Catherine’s lack of journalizing informs Amanda Grange’s novel inspired by Northanger Abbey: Henry Tilney’s Diary (2011). Grange chronicles three major periods of Henry’s life through the form of a personal diary. Set between 1790 and 1799, the diary traces Henry’s maturation and…