With scant information available on their hero, Jane Austen's devoted fans have a bottomless hunger for details about the woman behind the work. This biography feeds that appetite with background on her relationships with family and friends and the contemporary attitudes that shaped Austen's writing. Fifteen removable pieces of memorabilia include facsimiles of personal letters and handwritten drafts of her early works.
About the Author
Janet Todd is an authority on literature and culture of the early eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She was educated at Cambridge University and the University of Florida and is currently the Professor of English Literature at Aberdeen University and the President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. She is a well-respected author of many books on women in literature, including Mary Wollstonecraft: A Revolutionary Life (W&N) and Jane Austen: In Context (Cambridge University Press).