In the history of literature, few female authors have attained the
enduring popularity of Jane Austen (1775-1817). Her
exquisite, finely tuned novels have captivated readers for two
hundred years, and her reputation shows no signs of diminishing,
fuelled by high-profile TV and film adaptations of her writing. The
substance of her work, and the source of her appeal, is
quintessentially English. She takes the reader into the subtle
cultural, linguistic and romantic codes of nineteenth-century
English society, and in doing so creates some of literature's
favourite heroes and heroines.
Judith John (Glossary) is a writer and editor specializing in literature and history. She has worked as an editor on major educational projects, including English A: Literature for the Pearson International Baccalaureate series. Judith's major research interests include Romantic and Gothic literature, and Renaissance drama.