In recent years, Mansfield Park has come to be regarded as Austen's
most controversial novel. It was published in two editions in her
lifetime and here the 1814 and 1816 texts are fully collated for
the first time. All the variants are included on the page, allowing
readers to see the differences between the first edition and the
second, which include some important amendments made by Jane Austen
herself. Also included, with a brief note on Elizabeth Inchbald, is
the text of Lovers' Vows, the play around which much of the plot of
Mansfield Park revolves. The volume provides comprehensive
explanatory notes, an extensive critical introduction covering the
context and publication history of the work, a chronology of
Austen's life, and an authoritative textual apparatus. This edition
is an indispensable resource for all scholars and readers of
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