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Mansfield Park examines class-based differences in Regency England through the lens of poor Fanny Price who is sent to live with her wealthy aunt and uncle. This Everyman's Library edition is crafted to last through years of reading; it features acid-free natural-cream-colored text paper, a cloth-covered hardcover with stamping, a Smyth-sewn binding, a silk ribbon marker, and a European-style half-round spine style. In addition, this work includes an original introduction by Peter Conrad, an up-to-date bibliography, and a complete chronology of Jane Austen's life and works. 488 pages, hardcover.
Vendor: Random House
Publication Date: 1992
Dimensions: 8.33 X 5.62 X 1.21 (inches)
Series: Everyman's Library
At the center of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park is Fanny Price, the classic "poor cousin" who has been brought to live with the rich Sir Thomas Bertram and his wife as an act of charity. Over time, Fanny comes to demonstrate forcibly those virtues Austen most admired: modesty, firm principles, and a loving heart. As Fanny watches her cousins Maria and Julia cast aside their scruples in dangerous flirtations (and worse), and as she herself resolutely resists the advantages of marriage to the fascinating but morally unsteady Henry Crawford, her seeming austerity grows in appeal and makes clear why she was Austens own favorite among her heroines.
Mansfield Park encompasses not only Austens great comedic gifts and her genius as a historian of the human animal, but her personal credo as wellher faith in a social order that combats chaos through civil grace, decency, and wit. With an introduction by Peter Conrad.
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After her father died in 1805, the family first moved to Southampton then to Chawton Cottage in Hampshire. Despite this relative retirement, Jane Austen was still in touch with a wider world, mainly through her brothers; one had become a very rich country gentleman, another a London banker, and two were naval officers. Though her many novels were published anonymously, she had many early and devoted readers, among them the Prince Regent and Sir Walter Scott. In 1816, in declining health, Austen wrote Persuasion and revised Northanger Abby. Her last work, Sandition, was left unfinished at her death on July 18, 1817. She was buried in Winchester Cathedral. Austens identity as an author was announced to the world posthumously by her brother Henry, who supervised the publication of Northanger Abby and Persuasion in 1818.