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 the
1814 and 1816 texts are fully collated in this work--allowing readers to see the
differences between the first edition and the second. This includes 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.