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By Jane Austen

In recent times, Mansfield Park has become considered as Austen's such a lot arguable novel. It used to be released in versions in her lifetime and the 1814 and 1816 texts are absolutely collated during this work--allowing readers to determine the variations among the 1st variation and the second one. This contains a few vital amendments made via Jane Austen herself. additionally incorporated, with a short word on Elizabeth Inchbald, is the textual content of enthusiasts' Vows, the mess around which a lot of the plot of Mansfield Park revolves.

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The occurrence of italics in the narration, common to both editions, has a similar effect, as when Mrs Price’s treatment of Susan is recalled: ‘The blind fondness which was for ever producing evil around her, she had never known’ (vol. 3, ch. 9). ’ In neither of these instances are the italics necessary to the sense; they are the transcription of a vivacious, energetic authorial voice. The presence of italics in Mansfield Park is thus an indication of that ‘acoustic trace’ which Sutherland has identified as characterising the 1814 edition, but such instances are present in both texts.

30 A failure, then. Austen never lost money with Egerton, but when Murray’s ambitions coincided with hers and Henry’s, they overreached themselves. Nevertheless, Murray’s adoption of Austen is an important moment in the history of her novels and their reputation. His agreeing to republish Mansfield Park in 1816 has special and perhaps under-appreciated significance. It suggests not only Jane Austen’s valuation of her novel, but the confidence that it might be sold, not just to circulating libraries, but to private buyers.

W. Chapman (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1926), p. 89. , London: Longman, 1808), vol. 1, pp. 378, 478–81. Barbara Hardy, ‘The Objects in Mansfield Park’, in Jane Austen: Bicentenary Essays, ed. John Halperin (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1975), p. 185. Frank W. Bradbrook, Jane Austen and Her Predecessors (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1966), p. 77. xlvi Introduction discussed in the novel (vol. 2, ch. 4), and suggests a broad range of associations including Spenser, Burke, and the hero, Edmund, of Clara Reeve’s medieval romance, The Old English Baron (1778), who like Fanny is brought up in a baronet’s family.

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