As part of my year of Mansfield Park, I have been watching the 1983 BBC version. I’ve only watched one episode (the Crawfords have just arrived). I don’t have a favourite Mansfield Park adaptation – this one is closest to the novel, but the production values are poor by which I mean it is not very pretty […]
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I have started re-reading Mansfield Park and even though it is my least favourite Austen I am loving it. Quotes like this … But there are certainly are not so many men of large fortune in the world as pretty women to deserve them and The division of gratifying sensations ought not, in strict justice, to […]
It is the two hundredth anniversary of the publishing of Mansfield Park this year (in May). It is not my favourite Austen, but as I have grown older, I do appreciate it more. I can now see that Fanny (although a bit dull) is stoic and courageous. I do intent to do some Mansfield Park activities this […]
In the latest Jane Austen’s Regency World magazine there is an interesting article (by Paul A Bethel) on the similarities between Emma and Mansfield Park. Here’s a small excerpt: Rather, she [Austen] simply began with the premise: “What if a character much like Mary Crawford should have grown up in a small village outside London? […]
In the past I have thought Mary very similar to Elizabeth Bennet, but after my last reading I have decided she is too worldly and materialistic. ‘Matrimony was her object, provided she could marry well, and having seen Mr Bertram in town, she knew that objection could no more be made to his person than […]
I’ve been reading Mansfield Park – I’ve changed my mind about Mary. In the past I thought her witty and interesting, but this time I’ve noticed her selfishness and worldly views.
This is a six part adaptation that is very faithful to the novel. It first aired in the UK in 1983. Check out the IMDb site. To a modern audience familiar with the beautiful recent Austen adaptations, such as Sense and Sensibility, this seems dated and dull. And very quiet – there is no music […]
Mansfield Park is my least favourite Austen novel. I’ve always secretly preferred Mary Crawford, didn’t think the theatricals was that bad and hoped that Fanny and Henry Crawford would get married. I thought the Everything Austen Challenge was a great opportunity to read it again. It contains some fabulous Austen quotes – such as … […]
Stephanie’s written word is offering an ‘Every Austen Challenge’. In this challenge you have to read or watchÂ six Austen related items in six months (July to December 2009). Now my six Austen things are… Jane’s Fame by Claire Harman Mansfield Park by Jane Austen Lost in Austen by Emma Campbell Webster The Absenteeby Maria Edgeworth […]