Author(s): Janet Todd
Over the last 200 years, the novels of Jane Austen have been loved and celebrated across a diverse international readership. As a result, there is a bottomless appetite for detail about the woman behind the writing. Jane Austen traces her life and times; her relationships with family and friends; the attitudes and customs of the time that shaped her and were in turn shaped by her work; and the places where she lived, worked and set her novels, from rural Hampshire to fashionable Bath Spa. Chapters on each of her novels run throughout the book and place them in the context of her life. For such a renowned novelist, there is remarkably little direct material available, but this volume draws on archives for a truly insightful view.
Janet Todd is an authority on literature and culture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is emiritus Professor of English Literature at Aberdeen University and the President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. She is the author of many books on women in literature. Her books include Mary Wollstonecraft: A Revolutionary Life and Jane Austen in Context.
Prelims, including Introduction; Jane Austen's World; The Austen Family; Early Life; Literature and the Novel; Jane Austen in Love; Northanger Abbey; Bath; Sense & Sensibility; Chawton; Pride & Prejudice; "Aunt Jane"; Mansfield Park; Women's Rights; Emma; Persuasion; The Unfinished Works; Jane Austen's Legacy; Dramatizations; Happily Ever After?