Frances Beer is a Professor Emerita of English at York University, Toronto, Canada, with degrees from Harvard (B.A.), Columbia (M.A.), and University of Toronto (Ph.D.). Her teaching has included graduate and undergraduate courses on children’s literature and 19th-century women novelists. Publications include The Juvenilia of Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë.
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.