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Annotated in several contexts, from Austen's views, to cultural issues, to first reviews and critical reception. This work provides an introduction, complemented by a chronology coordinating the events of Austen's life with key events in contemporary history and literary culture.
Coeditor of the Longman Critical Edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Claudia L. Johnson, Murray Professor of English Literature and current chair of the English Department at Princeton University is a specialist in 18th- and early 19th-century literature, with a focus on the novel. In addition to the long 18th century, her courses feature gothic fiction, sentimentalism, the emergence of nationalism, film adaptations of fiction, Samuel Johnson, and Austen. Her critical studies, Jane Austen: Women, Politics, and the Novel (1988), and Equivocal Beings: Politics, Gender and Sentimentality in the 1790s (1995), are internationally acclaimed. She is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Mary Wollstonecraft (2002), and of several Austen titles (for other presses): Mansfield Park (1998), Sense and Sensibility (2002), Northanger Abbey (2003). Her new book-projects are Jane Austen's Cults and Cultures, tracing permutations of Jane mania from 1817 to the present, and Raising the Novel, which explores the project of elevating novels to keystones of high culture. Susan J. Wolfson is professor of English at Princeton University. In addition to this present volume, her editorial work includes Felicia Hemans (Princeton UP, 2000) and the Longman Cultural Edition of John Keats. With Claudia Johnson, she is coeditor of the Longman Cultural Edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. With Peter Manning, she is coeditor of the Romantics volume in The Longman Anthology of British Literature, and Selected Poems of Lord Byron (Penguin, 2005). Her critical books include the prize-winning Formal Charges: The Shaping of Poetry in British Romanticism (Stanford UP, 1997) and Borderlines: The Shiftings of Gender in British Romanticism (Stanford UP, 2007).