This edition includes an introduction, and notes and bibliography.
An Introduction that emphasizes what is experimental and new in Austen’s last work in comparison to her previous novels.
The text has been newly transcribed from the manuscript and draws upon the Oxford Edition of Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts, 5 vols. (OUP, 2018), which in turn is based on the digital edition of 2010; both edited by Kathryn Sutherland.
The text draws on Austen’s sister Cassandra Austen’s transcription for specific editorial features in order to make the work accessible to the general reader and to highlight the novel’s early history in family performance.
The edition has full notes, identifying and explaining literary allusions, references to diseases and contemporary medical treatments, Regency fashions, quasi-specialist language, etc.