Mansfield 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.
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!