April Meet-up: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

Please join me in April when we read a Jane Austen title!  Hope to see you all there! Carissa

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen-Taken from the poverty of her parents' home in Portsmouth, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with her cousin Edmund as her sole ally. During her uncle's absence in Antigua, the Crawford's arrive in the neighborhood bringing with them the glamour of London life and a reckless taste for flirtation. Mansfield Park is considered Jane Austen's first mature work and, with its quiet heroine and subtle examination of social position and moral integrity, one of her most profound.

Jane Austen [masked]) was born at Steventon near Basingstoke, the seventh child of the rector of the parish. She lived with her family at Steventon until they moved to Bath when her father retired in 1801. After his death in 1805, she moved around with her mother; in 1809, they settled in Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. Here she remained, except for a few visits to London, until in May 1817 she moved to Winchester to be near her doctor. There she died on July 18, 1817.

As a girl Jane Austen wrote stories, including burlesques of popular romances. Her works were only published after much revision, four novels being published in her lifetime. These are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1818 with a biographical notice by her brother, Henry Austen, the first formal announcement of her authorship. Persuasion was written in a race against failing health in 1815-16. She also left two earlier compositions, a short epistolary novel, Lady Susan, and an unfinished novel, The Watsons. At the time of her death, she was working on a new novel, Sanditon, a fragmentary draft of which survives.

 

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  • Lucymarie R.

    Good discussion on my favorite Jane Austen novel. Good to see you all again.

    2 · April 24, 2014

    • Carissa

      Wonderful to see you Lucy!!

      April 24, 2014

  • Andrea P.

    Although I was the F student on Tuesday, I very much enjoyed all of your very informed comments. If only I had been an English major...aaaahhhhh!!!!

    1 · April 24, 2014

    • Carissa

      You are always an A student!

      April 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really, really interesting diversity of opinions tonight. Will be thinking about this for a while to come. So glad everyone came and spoke their minds!

    1 · April 22, 2014

  • Carissa

    Thanks for coming tonight everyone! Great discussion! I hate, hate, hate not finishing the book!

    April 22, 2014

  • Marilyn

    Im nit going to make it tonight ;( Im so sorry to miss it

    April 22, 2014

    • Carissa

      Sorry to have missed you! Feels like it's been forever since we've seen you!

      April 22, 2014

  • Linda

    Sorry I have to cancel. I have severe laryngitis, so my contributions would be verrrry squeaky.

    April 22, 2014

    • Carissa

      Feel better Linda!!

      April 22, 2014

  • Rhonda

    Thanks for the discussion, everyone, and for hosting, Carissa!

    1 · April 22, 2014

  • Marilyn

    Hi Carissa im in the city trying to finish up a client meeting i will probably be late fingers crossed for bridge traffic

    April 22, 2014

  • Jeni

    Just found out a dear friend will be in town. Will try to make part of the discussion but not sure I can do both... So love the social commentary in this one!!

    1 · April 21, 2014

    • Carissa

      Bummer! Was hoping you would lead the discussion!

      April 21, 2014

    • Jeni

      I know, I prepared stuff and everything! I'm actually really bummed to miss it :( I have so many thoughts and themes to bring up!!

      1 · April 22, 2014

  • Jeni

    Thoroughly enjoying re-reading this one ... I'm a sucker for a cinderella story :)

    1 · April 20, 2014

    • Lucymarie R.

      Hi, Jeni. I have reread this one now, too. I find that I like Manfield Park now even better than Persuasion. I'm looking forward to the meeting.

      3 · April 20, 2014

    • Carissa

      Can't wait to see you! Feels like it's been forever!!

      1 · April 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Carissa,
    Will you be asking for suggestions for the next poll on TU? If so, is there a theme/topic? Thanks!

    1 · April 21, 2014

    • Carissa

      Yes! Thanks for the reminder Catherine! I'll send out and email.

      April 21, 2014

  • EileenBerkun

    Here is the link for the text of Lovers' Vows. I haven't read it yet, might or might not get to it before Tues.
    http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/4554/pg4554.txt

    1 · April 21, 2014

    • Carissa

      Thanks for posting Eileen, great idea!

      April 21, 2014

  • Jeni

    Maybe...

    April 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ack, babysitting fell through. Sorry!

    April 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry but the spot opened too late for me to come this week. Look forward to another meetup soon!

    April 20, 2014

  • Darla

    Not going to be able to make it after all... So sorry!!!

    April 20, 2014

  • Brittany

    Uh! This is torture! I'm really liking the book, but there's no way I can finish by Tuesday--I'll be about 100 pgs short (unless I call into work sick:), and I don't want to find out the ending before I get there! Sorry for taking up a spot!

    April 20, 2014

  • Janelle B

    I don't think I have time to read Austen before Tuesday, so much other school and work reading. See you guys for Hemingway!

    April 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish I could make it, but I have other plans for Tuesday. Have fun everyone!

    April 17, 2014

  • Martha

    Never read it, but would like to. I'm in.

    March 26, 2014

  • Darla

    Looking forward to it!

    1 · March 18, 2014

  • Jeni

    Yay! Mansfield Park is my fave!!

    1 · February 28, 2014

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