Reading Jane Austen

On pride, prejudice, and the persuasions of prose.

The title pages of Jane Austen’s novels. Lilly Library, Indiana University, Public Domain.

Even in an age mesmerized by true crime dramas, excited by superhero exploits, and benighted by reality show politics, Jane Austen’s star shines undimmed: Festivals summon devotees in period dress to celebrate the style and decorum of her world; novelists invoke her spirit in works like Shannon Hale’s Austenland, which imagines a Jane…