Brian Southam, the noted Jane Austen scholar, has died aged 79.

He was the author of  many important books on Jane Austen and her works, such as Jane Austen’s Literary  Manuscripts,

which was based on his thesis written at Oxford University, and  Jane Austen and the Navy

He was also wrote  many scholarly articels on her works (The Silence of the Bertrams being one of the most outstanding for me). He was also Chairman of the Jane Austen Society from 1990-2005, and during that time helped enlarge and transform the soceity,encouraging the growth of the regional branches.

The full text of his obituary,  published by the Daily Telegraph, can be accessed here.