Mansfield Park is the third published novel by Jane Austen. The novel tells the story of Fanny Price starting when her overburdened family sends her at age 10 to live in the household of her wealthy aunt and uncle, through to her marriage.The novel was first published by Thomas Egerton. A second edition was published in 1816 by John Murray, still within Austen's lifetime. The novel did not receive any critical attention when it was initially published; the first particular notice was in 1821, in a positive review of each of the published novels by Jane Austen.The critical reception from the late 20th century onward has been controversial. Paula Byrne, writing in the 21st century, found this to be one of Austen's best novels, and called it pioneering for being about meritocracy. However, Mansfield Park is perhaps Austen's most controversial novel due to its brief mention of the British slave trade, and the fact that Fanny's uncle and benefactor, Sir Thomas, owns a plantation in the West Indies. Some critics characterize Thomas's trip to Antigua as nothing more than an excuse for his long absence. The late Edward Said criticized the novel for failing to clearly criticize Sir Thomas's profiteering in the West Indies.Two notable film versions of the novel were released: Frances O'Connor starring in the lead role in the 1999 version co-starring Jonny Lee Miller and followed by Billie Piper starring in the 2007 version for ITV1 co-starring Blake Ritson.
Acerca de Jane Austen
Nació el 16 de diciembre de 1775 en la parroquia de Steventon, Basingstoke. Recibió su educación y formación en su casa. Fue la séptima de los ocho hijos del pastor anglicano de Steventon,George y de Cassandra Austen. En 1801, la familia se traslada a Bath, Southampton, Chawton y Winchester. Se inició en la escritua siendo una niña. Algunos de sus primeros trabajos se editaron en el libro Amor y amistad, y otras obras (1922). Tras su muerte se publicaron varias novelas incompletas. Falleció en Winchester el 18 de julio de 1817.