Beth Lau is Professor of English at California State University, Long Beach. She edited Sense and Sensibility (Houghton Mifflin, 2002) and has published books and articles on Austen and other Romantic writers. Her most recent work is the edited collection Fellow Romantics: Male and Female British Writers 1790–1835 (2009).
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.