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Fanny Price is from a poor, Portsmouth family who is brought to grow up with her aunt, uncle, and cousins at Mansfield Park. When Fanny's uncle is absent, Mary and Henry Crawford arrive, bringing with them the glamour and flirtation of the London social scene. Fanny is pursued by Henry Crawford; however, her love for her childhood friend and cousin Edmund, as well as her disgust at Henry's flirting with her cousins, lead her to reject his proposal. A subtle examination of social position and moral integrity. 507 pages, softcover.
New chronology and further reading; Tony Tanner's original introduction reinstated
Edited with an introduction by Kathryn Sutherland.
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.
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