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In Jane Austen's third published novel after Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice, young Fanny Price is sent to live with her wealthy uncle and aunt, Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram, at Mansfield Park. Raised among her four cousins, Fanny, the poor relation, often goes unobserved in the household, making her a unique observer of the ethics, morals, attitudes and behavior of English society.
"Jane Austen's brilliantly sophisticated teenage writings constitute her beginnings as a writer. We see in the works in this volume the sheer fun of her early sketches and their ridicule of human foibles, her parody of the absurdities of romance and sentimental fiction, her decision-making over choice of word and incident, her changing attitude towards character and style, and especially her earlu fascination with wordplay and hidden meanings that...
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