Susan Manly is Reader in English at the University of St Andrews, UK. Manly's areas of specialization include literature of the 1790s, and the works of Maria Edgeworth with a particular interest in Edgeworth's religious politics and writing for and about children. She is the author of Language, Custom and Nation in the 1790s: Locke, Tooke, Wordsworth, Edgeworth (Ashgate, 2007).
Maria Edgeworth was a pioneer of realist children's literature. This critical edition reveals the range of her writing for children, ranging from stories for very young children to tales for young adults, and includes The Purple Jar, The Good Aunt and The Grateful Negro. Annotated with a comprehensive introduction based on original research.