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Simply Austen explores the life and work of Jane Austen, whose groundbreaking novels set a new standard for social and psychological realism, inspiring numerous films, comic books, TV series, Broadway musicals, and parody zombie books. Designed for hard-core “Janeites” and newbies alike, Simply Austen offers a treasure trove of little-known facts and fascinating insights into the life of one of the most widely read writers in English literature.


Professor Emerita of English at the University of Colorado, Joan Klingel Ray is the editor of the Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB) volumes on Jane Austen, as well as the author of Jane Austen for Dummies and numerous scholarly articles about Austen and other novelists and poets. She has been interviewed on radio and television, and appears on the DVDs of the films The Jane Austen Book Club and Becoming Jane. Professor Ray is also the only three-term president of the Jane Austen Society of North America.