At thecenter of Jane Austen's "Mansfield Park" isFanny Price, the classic poor cousin who has beenbroughtto live withthe 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 clearwhy she was Austen's own favorite among her heroines.
"Mansfield Park "encompasses not only Austen's great comedic gifts and her genius as a historian of the human animal, but her personal credo as well her faith in a social order that combats chaos through civil grace, decency, and wit. With an introduction by Peter Conrad.
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About the Author
Jane Austen is one of the most important English novelists to emerge in the 18th Century. Her brilliant, satirical, and elegant novels have transcended time and earned her a place among the greatest literary figures that ever lived. Born to a clergyman in 1775, Ms. Austen's writing career began at the tender age of 14, when she completed her first novel, Love and Friendship. She would go on to thrill the world with her romantic literary tales ever after.
Peter Conrad is Tutor in English at Christ Church College, Oxford.
"Never did any novelist make more use of an impeccable sense of human values."