Manhattanville Reid Castle In the Spring

Professor Juliette Wells to Read From Her New Book, "Everybody's Jane"

Everybodys Jane 117In celebration of Professor Juliette Wells' new book, Everybody's Jane: Austen in the Popular Imagination, there will be a reading and discussion on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 in the Current Periodicals Room in the Library at 7 p.m.

The book was inspired by two courses that Wells taught at Manhattanville, her First Year Seminar on Pride and Prejudice and her course, Jane Austen in Popular Culture. The book examines the contemporary significance of Jane Austen and reflects upon why Austen is important to amateur readers, and why they are inspired to create fiction and nonfiction based on her novels and her life.

"Researching this book gave me the opportunity to talk to fascinating people from around the world, including members of the Manhattanville community, about how Jane Austen matters to them," Wells said. "My sense of what it means to be inspired by Austen, and by literature, has really expanded as a result. I hope that Everybody's Jane will lead to more conversations among readers, and between readers and scholars, about this wonderful literary heritage that we share."

The book was published in March 2012 to rave reviews by authors and academics alike. Karen Joy Fowler, author of the popular The Jane Austen Book Club, said, "Wells' research is prodigious, her material fascinating, and her style easy and readable."

Wells' articles on Austen's cultural legacy have appeared in the journals Persuasions, Shakespeare, and Transnational Literature, as well as in several book collections, notably Chick Lit: The New Woman's Fiction (2006). She served as the Features Editor for Penguin Classics' Enhanced E-book edition of Pride and Prejudice (2008).