Janet Todd

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Janet Margaret Todd OBE (born 10 September 1942) is a British academic and author. She was educated at Cambridge University and the University of Florida, where she undertook a doctorate on the poet John Clare.[2] Much of her work concerns Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Austen, and their circles.

Janet Todd

President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge[1]
In office
October 2008 – October 2015
Preceded byDame Veronica Sutherland
Succeeded byJackie Ashley
Personal details
Janet Margaret Todd

(1942-09-10) 10 September 1942 (age 77)
ChildrenJulian Todd and Clara Todd
Alma materNewnham College, Cambridge;
University of Florida
OccupationScholar of women in literature


Academic careerEdit

She has worked in universities in Ghana (Cape Coast), Puerto Rico (Mayaguez), North America (New Brunswick), India (New Delhi), England (Norwich).

She was appointed professor of English Literature at Glasgow University in 2000, and was then at Aberdeen University from 2004 until she took up in 2008 the post of president of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge,[3] from which she retired in 2015. She is now a full-time novelist and researcher living in Cambridge. She is a Honorary Fellow of Newnham College, Cambridge.


Todd's writing concerns literature and culture of the Restoration and eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Over a long career she has published more than 35 critical and biographical books and collections of essays, mainly on women authors, women's writing, cultural history and the development of fiction. She has edited full-scale editions of Mary Wollstonecraft (with Marilyn Butler) and Aphra Behn, as well as individual works of women such as Charlotte Smith, Helen Maria Williams, Mary Shelley, Mary Carleton and Eliza Fenwick.[citation needed]

She is the General Editor of the nine-volume The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen, editor of the volume Jane Austen in Context, and co-editing Persuasion and Later Manuscripts[4] and author of the Cambridge Introduction to Jane Austen.[5] In the US she started the first journal devoted to women writers and more recently in the UK she has been the co-founder with Marie Mulvey-Roberts of Women's Writing.

Since retirement she has revised The Secret Life of Aphra Behn and published two novels, A Man of Genius[6] , and an Austen spinoff, Lady Susan Plays the Game.[7] In 2018, she published Radiation Diaries, a frank and scholarly account of a month of radiotherapy treatment.


In the 2013 New Year Honours, Todd was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) "for services to higher education and literary scholarship".[8][9]

Selected publicationsEdit

  • Secret Life of Aphra Behn. André Deutsch. 1996. ISBN 0-8135-2455-5.
  • Mary Wollstonecraft : A Revolutionary Life. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson. 2000. ISBN 0-231-12184-9.
  • The Complete Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft. Columbia University Press. 2004. ISBN 0-7139-9600-5.
  • Daughters of Ireland. New York: Ballantine Books. 2004. ISBN 0-345-44763-8. (published as Rebel Daughters: Ireland in Conflict in the US)
  • The Cambridge Introduction to Jane Austen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2006. ISBN 978-0-521-67469-0.
  • Death & the Maidens: Fanny Wollstonecraft and the Shelley Circle. London: Profile Books;Berkeley: Counterpoint. 2007. ISBN 978-1-58243-339-4.
  • Later Manuscripts of Jane Austen. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2009. ISBN 978-0-521-84348-5. Edited with Linda Bree
  • A Man of Genius, Bitter Lemon Press. 2016. ISBN 9781908524591
  • Aphra Behn: A Secret Life. Fentum Press. 16 May 2017. ISBN 9781909572065.
  • Radiation Diaries. Fentum Press. 2018. ISBN 978-1909572171
  • Jane Austen's Sanditon with an Essay by Janet Todd. Fentum Press. 2019. ISBN 978-1909572218


  1. ^ "List of Honorary Fellows Lucy Cavendish College". Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  2. ^ Sutherland, John (21 March 2006). "Interview: Janet Todd". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 March 2012.
  3. ^ "The University of Glasgow Story". Retrieved 16 January 2017.
  4. ^ The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen. Cambridge University Press.
  5. ^ Todd, Janet (2006). Cambridge Introduction to Jane Austen. Cambridge University Press.
  6. ^ Todd, Janet (2016). A Man of Genius. Bitter Lemon Press.
  7. ^ Todd, Janet (2016). Lady Susan Plays the Game. Bloomsbury Press.
  8. ^ "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 14.
  9. ^ "New Year Honours List 2013 – General List" (PDF). Cabinet Office. Retrieved 29 December 2012.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Dame Veronica Sutherland
President of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Jackie Ashley