Emma Austen-Leigh’s diaries and letters brought Kelly M. McDonald to Winchester, England, in May-July 2007, and resulted in “Edward Austen’s Emma Reads Emma” (Persuasions 29). A member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars, Kelly keeps a research blog at SmithandGosling.wordpress.com. She serves JASNA as Vermont’s Regional co-Coordinator.
The Jane Austen Society of North America is dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of Jane Austen and her writing. JASNA is a nonprofit organization, staffed by volunteers, whose mission is to foster among the widest number of readers the study, appreciation, and understanding of Jane Austen’s works, her life, and her genius. We have over 5,000 members of all ages and from diverse walks of life. Although most live in the United States or Canada, we also have members in more than a dozen other countries.