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Jane Austen's sharp, witty novels have a devoted readership--and this biography feeds her fans' appetite for background on the beloved author, providing information on her relationships, contemporary attitudes, and the settings for her novels. Drawing on personal archives, Jane Austen features rare early manuscripts; a handwritten note outlining the profits from her novels; a letter from Jane's father to the publisher Thomas Cadell; and pages from the unfinished manuscript of Sanditon.
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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 was Professor of English Literature at Aberdeen University. As President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, she ran a festival of women writers and established the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. She is also the General Editor of The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen, the first modern and fully annotated edition of the works of Jane Austen. She is a well-respected author of 38 books, including fiction and biographies of women in literature. Her recent books include Aphra Behn: A Secret Life ("Fascinating scholarship" - the New York Times) and her memoir Radiation Diaries ("Frank, wry and unexpectedly heartening" - Hilary