When it was announced that Jane Austen would appear on the new GBP10 note in 2017, few were aware that a GBP10 Austen banknote already existed - issued by her favourite brother. Handsome, clever and enterprising, Henry Austen founded a bank business and charmed his way into the top rank of aristocratic society before going spectacularly bust in the financial crash of 1816. He left an enduring legacy, however, for it was Henry who supported Jane's dream of becoming a published author.Literary critic and cultural historian E. J. Clery presents a radically new vision of the much-loved novelist, revealing how her works were shaped by an acute awareness of the economic scandals, crises and speculations that marked the Regency era.Jane Austen: The Banker's Sister provides a fascinating reappraisal of the political connections and economic interests of the Austen family, and an engaging exploration of the bond between brother and sister. It will change the way Jane Austen's life and novels are understood.
E. J. Clery is a professor of English whose publications include The Rise of Supernatural Fiction, 1762-1800 (1995), Women's Gothic from Clara Reeve to Mary Shelley (2000), The Feminization Debate in Eighteenth-Century England (2004) and Eighteen Hundred and Eleven: Poetry, Protest, and Economic Crisis (2017). In 2013, she was awarded a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship to research Romantic-era women's writing and economic debate.She broadcasts and lectures on gothic literature, Jane Austen and her contemporaries, literary history and the cultural history of economics. Working at University of Southampton and the Centre for Early Women's Writing at Chawton Great House, which was formerly owned by Austen's brother Edward, she resides in Winchester, close to the cathedral where Jane Austen is buried.