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In this deft study, Davidson provides fascinating details about how Austen’s novels were written and the world in which they were composed so modern readers might enjoy them even more.

We are delighted to announce that Matt Hart has been named as one of the eight new awardees of the Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award.
Congratulations to Austin Graham, who has been awarded a 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship. Prof. Graham's book project. "The Unknowing of American History: Past, Present, and the Historical Novel in the U.S.", sets out to explore historical ignorance in American historical fiction.