With typically piercing insight into social position and the confines of class, Mansfield Park moves beyond the comic irony and lighter themes of Austen’s early work to ask searching questions about a number of weightier issues. Fanny Price’s uncomfortable residence at the titular country house is handled with sensitivity and depth by an author ever more assured in her craft.
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.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 544
Weight: 372 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 23 mm
'Never did any novelist make more use of an impeccable sense of human values.' - Virginia Woolf
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