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Taken from the poverty of her parents' home in Portsmouth, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with her cousin Edmund as her sole ally. During her uncle's absence in Antigua, the Crawford's arrive in the neighbourhood bringing with them the glamour of London life and a reckless taste for flirtation. Mansfield Park is considered Jane Austen's first mature work and, with its quiet heroine and subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, one of her most profound.
About the Author
Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction set among the gentry have earned her a place as one of the most widely read and most beloved writers in English literature. She was born in Steventon rectory on 16th December 1775. Her family later moved to Bath and then to Chawton in Hampshire. She wrote from a young age and Pride and Prejudice was begun when she was twenty-two years old. It was initially rejected by the publisher she submitted it to and eventually published in 1813 after much revision. All four of her novels - Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815) published in her lifetime were published anonymously. Jane Austen died on 18th July 1817. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion (both 1817) were published posthumously.
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Jane Austen: A Brief Chronology
Note on the Text
Appendix A: The Theatricals at Mansfield Park
1. August von Kotzebue, from Lovers' Vows
2. Austen family correspondence, from The Austen Papers
3. Erasmus Darwin, from A Plan for the Conduct of Female Education in Boarding Schools
4. Thomas Gisborne, from "On Amusements in General"
Appendix B: Religion
1. Jane Austen's prayers, from The Works of Jane Austen
2. Hannah More, Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education
3. Wlliam Wilberforce, from A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians
4. Dr John Gregory, from "Religion"
Appendix C: Ideals of Femininity
1. Henry Austen, from "Biographical Notice" of Jane Austen
2. Thomas Gisborne, from "On the Importance of the Female Character"
3. Dr. John Gregory, from "Conduct and Behaviour"
4. Hannah More, from "The Benefits of Restraint"
Appendix D: Improvement
1. William Cowper, from The Garden
2. Humphry Repton, from Observations on the Theory and Practice of Landscape Gardening
Appendix E: The West Indian Connection
1. A Permanent and Effectual Remedy Suggested for the Evils Under Which the British West Indies Now Labour
2. Joseph Lowe, from An Inquiry into the State of the British West Indies
3. Excerpt from Frank Austen's notebook 1808, from Jane Austen's Sailor Brothers
4. Thomas Clarkson, from The History of the Rise, Progress, and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave-Trade
5. Hannah More, "The Sorrows of Yamba or the Negro Woman's Lamentation"
Appendix F: Education
1. Thomas Gisborne, from "On Female Education"
2. Thomas Gisborne, from "On Parental Duties"
3. Hannah More, from "Comparison of the Mode of Female Education in the Last Age With That of the Present Age"
4. Maria Edgeworth and Richard Lovell Edgeworth, from "Prudence and Economy"
5. Mary Wollstonecraft, from "Introduction" to A Vindication of the Rights of Woman
Appendix G: Contemporary Reception of Mansfield Park
1. Richard Whateley, from Quarterly Review, January 1821
2. Excerpt from "Opinions of Mansfield Park: collected and transcribed by Jane Austen"
3. Excerpt from "Opinions of Emma: collected and transtribed by Jane Austen"
Appendix H: Austen’s Letters and Mansfield Park
1. Letter from JA to Cassandra Austen. January 1813
2. Letter from JA to Francis Austen. July 1813
3. Letter from JA to Francis Austen. September 1813
Works Cited and Recommended Reading
Series: Penguin Clothbound Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
For Grades: 12+
Number Of Pages: 510
Published: 3rd November 2011
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.5 x 13.4
Weight (kg): 0.67
Edition Number: 1