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  • Paperback
  • Bookstore's Wholesale Price: $14.00
  • January 1998
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-96791-3
  • 544 pages
  • Territory Rights: Worldwide

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Mansfield Park

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Jane Austen (Author), Claudia L. Johnson (Editor, Princeton University)


The text is that of a new authoritative text, which closely follows the one Austen oversaw when the novel was revised and reprinted in 1816.

Supporting materials include an introduction, annotations, and a map.

"Contexts" includes contemporary materials on the slave trade, religion, conduct literature for women, and landscape design that illuminate this dark and often disturbing novel.  Elizabeth Inchbald’s adaptation of Lovers’ Vows (the play staged by the characters in Mansfield Park) is included, as are writings by Humphry Repton, Thomas Gisborne, Hannah More, and Mary Wollstonecraft, among others.

"Criticism" presents a superb selection of critical writing about the novel.

The critics include Jan Fergus, Lionel Trilling, Alistair Duckworth, Nina Auerebach, Claudia L. Johnson, Joseph Litvak, Edward Said, B. C. Southam, and Joseph Lew.

A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are included.




    Jane Austen and Mansfield Park

    A Note on Money in Austen’s Novels

    A Note on Austen and the Text of Mansfield Park

    The Text of Mansfield Park

    Map of England

    Facsimile title page

    Mansfield Park

    Textual Notes


    Elizabeth Inchbald, Lover’s Vows (1798)

    Jane Austen, Opinions of Mansfield Park (1814, 1815)

    1. Evening Prayer No. I
    2. A Comparison to the Altar
    3. On Family Prayer

    Humphrey Repton, Sketches and Hints on Landscape Gardening (1795)

    1. From Chapter III. Proper Situations for a House
    2. Observations on the Theory & Practice of Landscape Gardening (1803)
    3. From Chapter VII. Farm and Park Distinct Objects

    William Cowper, The Task (1785)

    1. From Book I. The Sofa
    2. From Book III. The Gardeon

    John Gregory, A Father’s Legacy to His Daughter (1774)

    1. From Conduct and Behaviour
    2. From Amusements

    Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)

    1. From Chapter II. The Prevailing Opinion of a Sexual Character Discussed
    2. From Chapter III. The Same Subject Continued

    Thomas Gisborne, An Enquiry into the Duties of Men in the Higher and Middle Classes of Society in Great Britian (1794)

    1. From Chapter XI. On the Duties of the Clerical Profession
    2. An Enquiry into the Duties of the Female Sex (1797)
    3. From Chapter IX. On Amusements in General
    4. From Chapter X. On the Employment of Time

    Hannah More, Strictures of the Modern System of Female Education (1799)

    1. From Chapter VI. Filial Obedience Not the Character of the Age Parliamentary Debates (1806)
    2. From Abolition of the Slave Trade

    Thomas Clarkson, From History of the...Abolition of the African Slave Trade...(1808)

    Elizabeth Inchbald, Remarks on Shakespeare’s King Henry VII (1806-09)


    Jan Fergus, Power in Mansfield Park

    Lionel Trilling, Mansfield Park

    Alistair Duckworth, Mansfield Park: Jane Austen’s Grounds of Being

    Nina Auerbach, Jane Austen’s Dangerous Charm: Feeling as One Ought about Fanny Price

    Claudia L. Johnson, Mansfield Park: Confusions of Guilt and Revolutions of Mind

    Joseph Litvak, The Infection of Acting: Theatricals and Theatricality in Mansfield Park

    Edward Said, Jane Austen and Empire

    Brian Southam, The Silence of the Bertrams

    Joseph Lew “That Abominable Traffic”: Mansfield Park and the Dynamics of Slavery

    Jane Austen: A Chronology

    Selected Bibliography