Mansfield Park Bicentenary!

Mansfield Park 1814 first edition title pageMansfield Park was the third of Jane Austen’s novels to be published. She began writing it sometime about February 1811 and finished it soon after June 1813 (according to a memorandum by her sister Cassandra). Then, in May 1814, it was published by Thomas Egerton, who had previously published Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. A second edition was published in 1816 by John Murray, also the publisher of Jane Austen’s Emma. Now, the two hundredth anniversary of Mansfield Park’s first publication is being celebrated. To mark the occasion, I intend to frequently post quotations, trivia, reviews, and so on, throughout this month. Of course, I am not the only blogger observing Mansfield Park’s bicentenary. Here is a list of a few other blogs to visit during this year:

Sarah Emsley is hosting a celebration of Mansfield Park beginning on the 9th of May and featuring a number of guest writers. Here is her introductory post. She also has a page on her blog dedicated to the occasion.

Jane Austen in Vermont has a wonderful post, detailing all of Jane Austen’s references to Mansfield Park in her letters. This blog will also be featuring many other posts on the subject of Mansfield Park during this year.

Old Friends and New Fancies has reviews of works derived from or related to Jane Austen’s most controversial novel to celebrate the “Bicentenario di Mansfield Park” (the blog is in Italian). She has been celebrating this bicentennial since January.

‘Homecoming’ Blog has some posts of quotations from Mansfield Park and some movie and spinoff reviews. Here is her review of Mansfield Park and her post explaining her plan for celebrating its bicentennial.

Genusrosa has a couple of posts honoring Mansfield Park for the occasion.


If you know of any other blogs commemorating Mansfield Park’s bicentennial, please feel free to leave a comment with a link to them, so I can add to this list — the more the merrier!


3 comments on “Mansfield Park Bicentenary!

  1. Austenismi says:


    it’s a delight to find blogs such as yours, I’m reading through the post with great pleasure and I have just subscribed. May I add you in my Austen blogroll? As you can guess from my username, my blog is about Jane Austen as well (though not specifically about MP) and I love reading other blogger’s points of view.


  2. Sarah Emsley says:

    Thanks very much for sharing the link to my “Invitation to Mansfield Park.” I’m looking forward to reading about your MP200 celebrations, too.

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