Brian Southam (1931–2010) was the author of Jane Austen’s Literary Manuscripts, Jane Austen and the Navy, and Jane Austen: A Students’ Guide to the Later Manuscript Works, as well as editor of Jane Austen: The Critical Heritage. He is at work on Jane Austen beside the Seaside, a Story of Romance, from Sidmouth to Sanditon. The introduction appeared in Persuasions 32.
The Jane Austen Society of North America is dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing. JASNA is a nonprofit organization, staffed by volunteers, whose mission is to foster among the widest number of readers the study, appreciation, and understanding of Jane Austen’s works, her life, and her genius. We have over 5,000 members of all ages and from diverse walks of life. Although most live in the United States or Canada, we also have members in more than a dozen other countries.