Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park in Detail

Published in 1814, Mansfield Park is unarguably Jane Austen’s most controversial work, igniting heated discussion among her fans. From its sharply satiric opening sentence it deals with money and marriage, and how strongly they affect each other. It’s heroine is the shy, fragile Fanny Price, the consummate ‘poor relation.’ Sent to live with her wealthy uncle Thomas Bertram, she clashes with his spoiled, selfish daughters and falls in love with his son. Their lives are further complicated by the arrival of a pair of witty, sophisticated Londoners, whose flair for flirtation collides with the quiet, conservative country ways of Mansfield Park.