The introduction to Edith Wharton’s 1913 novel The Custom of the Country, which I edited for Broadview Press (2008), talks about the influence of Jane Austen characters Emma Woodhouse, Mary Crawford, and Lady Susan Vernon on Wharton’s restless, ambitious heroine Undine Spragg, who, even when she has everything she wants, thinks there might be “other things she might want if she knew about them.” Read more about the book here.
My book Jane Austen’s Philosophy of the Virtues (Palgrave, 2005) analyzes Austen’s engagement with the seven classical and theological virtues, exploring the dramatic moments in the novels when the virtues come into conflict not just with vices, but with other virtues. Read more about the book here.
In Jane Austen and the North Atlantic, a collection of essays I edited for the Jane Austen Society (2006), my own essay discusses the responses of Edith Wharton and other writers to Austen’s happy endings. Read more about the book here.
My history of St. Paul’s in the Grand Parade (Formac, 1999) was published on the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the founding of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and of Halifax’s first church, now the oldest Protestant church in Canada. Read more about the book here.
With Michael John DiSanto, I co-founded and co-edited a literary journal called The New Compass: A Critical Review (2002-2004). Read more about the journal here.