Easily the most mature of Austen's novels, Mansfield Park is at the same time considerably less well known. Perhaps it's the less-than-rosy portrait of contemporary society she paints that puts off the ardent Regency-loving Austenites, or maybe it's her frank depiction of the consequences of adultery that conservative readers used to the morality-lite of other Austen works don't like. Whatever the case may be, this elegantly written, carefully plotted novel deserves to transcend the Austen revival and be recognized as a quiet masterpiece in its own right.
Review by C. Hollis Crossman
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