Author(s): Susannah Fullerton
Author raised in New Zealand. This book investigates Jane Austen's attitude towards crime from the time she was a child and began writing her first stories, and also the influence on her life of the criminals and sociopaths of her time. The author examines Austen's wry attitude in her juvenilia towards suicide, adultery, murder, theft, elopement, gambling and illegitamacy, and looks at how this changed in her mature writing. The book gives both anecdotal and general information about the nature of crime and punishment in the Regency period in which Austen lived, a fascinating read for anyone interested in social history.