Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park" (Critical Studies)

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Edition Penguin Books Ltd., Reissued edition, 1988. ISBN: 0-14-077162-X. PAPERBACK. 112 pages. Just light tanning to paper edges. Other than that, the new and unread book remains in very good condition throughout. Text all clean, neat and tight. Prompt dispatch from UK.

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This study is one of a specially developed series of critical essays on the major works of literature for use by students in universities, colleges and schools. This volume in the series provides a close textual analysis of Jane Austen's classic novel.

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The Mansfield Park of the title, a magnificent, idyllic estate which is home to the wealthy Bertram family, stands as a bastion of English tradition and stability. The novel's heroine, Fanny Price, is a "poor relation" living with the Bertrams, acutely conscious of her inferior status and yet daring to love their son Edmund--but from afar. However, with five marriageable young people on the premises, the peace at Mansfield cannot last. Courtships, entertainments and intrigues throw the place into turmoil, and Fanny finds herself unwillingly competing with a dazzlingly witty and lovely rival. As critic Margaret Drabble has pointed out, the house becomes "full of the energies of discord--sibling rivalry, greed, ambition, illicit sexual passion, and vanity," and the novel becomes ever more engrossing as it builds to Mansfield's final scandal and, finally, a satisfying conclusion. Unique in its moral design and brilliant interplay of the forces of tradition and change, Mansfield Park was the first novel of Jane Austen's maturity, and the first in which the author turned her unerring eye on the concerns of English society at a time of great upheaval.

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