Joan Austen-Leigh is the great granddaughter of Jane Austen's nephew, James Edward Austen-Leigh. She is the author of Letters from Highbury and Later Days at Highbury, and her many plays have been performed on CBC and in venues in Canada, the United States, Australia, and Britain. Her works are published by Gage and A Room of One's Own Press, as well as by Oxford University Press. With Jack Grey and Henry Burke, Joan Austen-Leigh founded the Jane Austen Society of North America. For nineteen years, she edited this journal.
Gene Koppel is Professor of English at the University of Arizona, Tucson. For ten years, along with Joan Austen-Leigh and Lorraine Hanaway, he edited Persuasions.
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.