JOIN LOCAL JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY IN CELEBRATING THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF JANE AUSTEN’S NOVEL, MANSFIELD PARK
The 200th anniversary of the publication of Mansfield Park, Jane Austen’s third published novel was launched with an advertisement in The Star on May 9, 1814, and attributed to the author of Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. As she had hoped, the first edition did well “on the credit of P. & P.” and sold out within six months.
In 2014 we, the Janeites, celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mansfield Park.
Austen’s mother found her “insipid”, yet both her brother and niece thought Fanny ” a delightful character”. Whatever your opinion, Fanny Price of Mansfield Park has generated some divisive feelings among Austen’s readers, far more than any other character she created. Especially when compared to the heroine of Austen’s previous novel, the “light, bright and sparkling” Elizabeth Bennet, readers find Fanny a puzzlement at the very least.
Join JASNA on Sunday, May 18 at 2 p.m. at Locust Grove as Fanny aficionados Tresa Reynolds and Jackie Johnson explore where a heroine like Fanny Price comes from in the development of the novel and what Austen was trying to accomplish by making Fanny a heroine.
Afternoon Tea served following the meeting. Guests are always welcome.
Locust Grove is located at 561 Blankenbaker Lane. For more information about the Greater Louisville Jane Austen Society, go to www.jasnalouisville.com
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Bonny Wise, Regional Coordinator, Jane Austen Society of Greater Louisville, 502-727-3917