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Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park was published two hundred years ago this month, on May 9, 1814. To begin the celebrations, here’s a wonderful, and beautifully illustrated, account of the publication history of the novel by Deborah Barnum of Jane Austen in Vermont. Thanks, Deb!

Please join us for more Mansfield Park posts this month and throughout 2014. Next Friday, Lyn Bennett will discuss the opening paragraph of the novel.

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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