Mansfield Park, Clothbound Gift Edition  -     By: Jane Austen
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Penguin Classics / 2012 / Hardcover

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Fanny Price has been sent to live with her cousins at Mansfield Park. Having grown up in far less genteel circumstances due to her mother's impudent marriage, she struggles with homesickness and with her treatment as a "poor relation" by her family. After she turns 18, Henry and Mary Crawfield arrive, which sets in motion a number of romantic schemes, plans, and attachments. Steady, calm, and clearheaded, Fanny's journey into adulthood-and the way she handles the events of life-give her relations a newfound appreciation for her strength of character.

This Penguin Hardcover Classic features cover art of white imprinted chains over a grey-blue cloth cover. Design by Coralie Bickford-Smith. Light blue ribbon marker included. 507 pages, cloth-bound hardcover.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 560
Vendor: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2012
Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.06 (inches)
ISBN: 0141197706
ISBN-13: 9780141197708
Availability: In Stock

Publisher's Description

Jane Austen's timeless works of romantic fiction have earned her a place as one of the most widely read and adored writers in the English language. Now any fan of Austen's sparkling literary satires can collect all six of her full-length novels in magnificent clothbound editions. With covers by award-winning Penguin designer Coralie Bickford-Smith, these delectable books make fantastic gifts for lovers of great literature and book design.

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 neighborhood 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.

Author Bio

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 at Steventon near Basingstoke, the seventh child of the rector of the parish. She lived with her family at Steventon until they moved to Bath when her father retired in 1801. After his death in 1805, she moved around with her mother; in 1809, they settled in Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. Here she remained, except for a few visits to London, until in May 1817 she moved to Winchester to be near her doctor. There she died on July 18, 1817.

As a girl Jane Austen wrote stories, including burlesques of popular romances. Her works were only published after much revision, four novels being published in her lifetime. These are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1818 with a biographical notice by her brother, Henry Austen, the first formal announcement of her authorship. Persuasion was written in a race against failing health in 1815-16. She also left two earlier compositions, a short epistolary novel, Lady Susan, and an unfinished novel, The Watsons. At the time of her death, she was working on a new novel, Sanditon, a fragmentary draft of which survives.
Tony Tanner was a Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge and a professor of English and American literature at the University of Cambridge. He died in December 1998.

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