September 1, 1998
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1853260320
ISBN - 13: 9781853260322
About the Book
Adultery is not a typical Jane Austen theme, but when it disturbs the relatively peaceful household at Mansfield Park, it has quite unexpected results.
From the Publisher
Introduction and Notes by Dr. Ian Littlewood, University of SussexAdultery
is not a typical Jane Austen theme, but when it disturbs the relatively
peaceful household at Mansfield Park, it has quite unexpected results. The
diffident and much put-upon heroine Fanny Price has to struggle to cope
with the results, re-examining her own feelings while enduring the
cheerful amorality, old-fashioned indifference and priggish disapproval of
those around her.
About the Author
Henry Fielding, 1707 - 1754 A succcessful playwright in his twenties, Henry Fielding turned to the study of law and then to journalism, fiction, and a judgeship after his Historical Register, a political satire on the Walpole government, contributed to the censorship of plays that put him out of business. As an impoverished member of the upper classes, he knew the country squires and the town nobility; as a successful young playwright, the London jet set; as a judge at the center of London, the city's thieves, swindlers, petty officials, shopkeepers, and vagabonds. As a political journalist (editor-author of The Champion, 1739-1741; The True Patriot, 1745-1746; The Jacobite's Journal, 1747-1748; The Covent-Garden Journal, 1752), he participated in argument and intrigue over everything from London elections to national policy. He knowledgeably attacked and defended a range of politicians, from ward heelers to the Prince of Wales. When Fielding undertook writing prose fiction to ridicule the simple morality of Pamela by Samuel Richardson, he first wrote the hilarious burlesque Shamela (1741). However, he soon found himself considering all the forces working on humans, and in Joseph Andrews (1742) (centering on his invented brother of Pamela), he played with the patterns of Homer, the Bible, and Cervantes to create what he called "a comic epic poem in prose." His preface describing this new art form is one of the major documents in literary criticism of the novel. Jonathan Wild,
From Our Editors
Adultery always makes for great gossip, except when it affects your own household. Although not a typical Jane Austen theme, adultery and its reverberating effects is what Mansfield Park heroine Fanny Price must endure. When adultery disturbs her relatively peaceful household, Fanny must cope with the cheerful amorality and priggish disapproval of everyone around her. At this special price, it makes a superb addition to any library.