Deborah Yaffe, an award-winning author and newspaper journalist, has been a passionate Jane Austen fan since first reading Pride and Prejudice at age ten. She joined the Jane Austen Society of North America at sixteen; owns an impressive collection of Austen-themed coffee mugs, bookmarks, tote bags and DVDs; and spends way too much time hanging around the Republic of Pemberley arguing over whether Anne Elliot or Captain Wentworth is more to blame for their eight-year estrangement. After hearing stories about the people she was meeting in this vibrant on-line community, Yaffe’s husband urged her to give them a book of their own. Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen Fandom is the result.
As a newspaper reporter in New Jersey and California for more than thirteen years, Yaffe covered education, the law, and state government. Her first book, Other People’s Children: The Battle for Justice and Equality in New Jersey’s Schools, initially supported by a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, is a gripping narrative history of the state’s efforts to provide equal educational opportunities to rich and poor schoolchildren.
Yaffe holds a bachelor’s degree in humanities from Yale University and
a master’s degree in politics, philosophy, and economics from Oxford University in England, which she attended on a Marshall Scholarship.
She works as a freelance writer and lives in central New Jersey with her husband, her two children, and her Jane Austen Action Figure.