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The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen, edited by Professor Janet Todd, have just arrived with me. These are beautiful books. And they are the first fully annotated scholarly editions of Austen's complete works:


This is a full scholarly edition of the works of Jane Austen: the six published novels, two volumes of unpublished work and a volume setting Austen's work in its literary, cultural, political and social context. Each volume of published and unpublished work will contain the text itself, with an introduction giving a full publishing history of the work, together with explanatory notes and textual apparatus, and relevant appendices.

The "volume setting Austen's work in its literary, cultural, political and social context" is Janet Todd's cleverly entitled, and very useful looking, Jane Austen in Context:


This collection of essays covering many aspects of Austen's life, works and historical context provides the fullest introduction in one volume to the life and times of Jane Austen. Jane Austen in Context is a generously illustrated collection of short, lively contributions arranged alphabetically, and covering topics from biography to portraits and agriculture to transport. An essay on the reception of Austen's work is also included, showing how criticism of Austen has responded to literary movements and fashions. The volume emphasises the subtle interactions between Austen's life and times and her novels. This is a work of reference that readers and scholars of Austen will turn to again and again.

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