Jane Austen and her Readers: Senate House Library contributes

We were delighted to see a new book, Jane Austen and her Readers, 1786-1945 (Anthem, 2012), by Dr Katie Halsey, formerly of the Institute of English Studies, and now Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature at the University of Stirling.  Dr Halsey used the first editions of Jane Austen in the Sterling library, as well as a number of our other volumes, such as the Clarendon complete works of 1933 and the 1896 Sense and Sensibility, introduced by Austin Dobson and illustrated by Hugh Thomson.  As part of her research, Dr Halsey needed to consult as many different editions of Austen’s work as possible in order to establish the form in which Austen’s readers encountered her work over a long historical period. Senate House Library is happy to have been able to support such research.

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