The Improvement of the Estate: A Study of Jane Austen's Novels

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Alistair Duckworth argues that the controversial Mansfield Park is fundamental to an appreciation of Jane Austen's fiction. Viewing this novel as the basis for a thematic unity in her work - a unity residing in her concept of the estate and of its proper improvement - he provides a fresh and convincing account of the novelist's values and of her artistic response to the contemporary forces that threatened them.

The Improvement of the Estate: A Study of Jane Austen's Novels 1994, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD

ISBN-13: 9780801849725

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The Improvement of the Estate: A Study of Jane Austen's Novels 1972, Johns Hopkins University Press

ISBN-13: 9780801812699

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