I have something in hand…” ~ The Publishing of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park

Laurel Ann (Austenprose):

Countdown to the 200th birthday of the publication of Mansfield Park begins. We will be celebrating on May 9th with the Janeite universe. Many thanks to Deb Barnum of Jane Austen in Vermont Blog for this excellent blog on MP publication history!

Cheers,

Laurel Ann

Originally posted on Jane Austen in Vermont:

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I have something in hand – which I hope on the credit of P. & P. will sell well, tho’ not half so entertaining.(Ltr.  86: 3 – 6 July 1813, to Capt. Francis Austen)

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Dear Gentle Readers: This history of the publishing of Mansfield Park serves as an introduction to Sarah Emsley’s seriesAn Invitation to Mansfield Park,” which will begin on May 9th on her blog. As we celebrate this bicentenary of Austen’s third novel, published in May 1814, it seems only right to begin at the beginning, from when Austen first makes mention of Mansfield Park in her letters and its subsequent road to publication, to the later printings and early illustrated works. I am posting it here because of its length and number of illustrations – and Sarah will be re-blogging it immediately. Please continue to visit her blog for the interesting posts she…

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3 thoughts on “I have something in hand…” ~ The Publishing of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park

  1. Thanks, Laurel Ann! I’m looking forward to celebrating with everyone on May 9th and beyond, and reading this wonderful post from Deb is a great way for all of us to prepare for the celebrations.

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    • It’s my second favourite, too, although the more I reread it, the more I love it, and I have to say that Pride and Prejudice is facing some stiff competition this year. I’m excited about reading all the guest posts for my blog, too, and I’m glad you’re joining us for the celebrations, Tamara.

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