Her Life, Her Times, Her Novels
By Janet Todd (Author)
For the past 200 years—although never more than in recent decades—Jane Austen's sharp and witty novels have delighted a diverse and devoted readership. Her fans have a bottomless hunger for details about the woman behind the work, and this biography feeds their appetite with background on her relationships with family and friends, contemporary attitudes, and the places where she lived and set her novels, from rural Hampshire to fashionable Bath Spa. Drawing on personal archives, Jane Austen offers an insightful view of the author; it features rare and fascinating documents, including early manuscripts; a handwritten note outlining the profits from her novels; a letter from Jane’s father to the publisher Thomas Cadell (returned with the words “Rejected by return of post” written on it); and pages from the unfinished manuscript of Sanditon.
Reissue in a new format, with previously removable documents printed on the page.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR(S)
Janet Todd is an authority on the early eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is currently 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, Jane Austen: In Context, and Aphra Behn: A Secret Life, along with her memoir, Radiation Diaries.