I was in the bookstore on Saturday, and there by the front door on the rack of discounted books was this: A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers On Why We Read Jane Austen (ed. Susannah Carson). Hardcover, original price $29.95; they wanted all of $2.00 for it. Score!
So far I’ve read the bits by C.S. Lewis, W. Somerset Maugham, and Benjamin Nugent (no, I didn’t know who he is before I read that chapter, either. But it’s called “The Nerds of Pride and Prejudice”, so I couldn’t very well not read it, now could I?). Working on Susannah Carson’s introduction, and very much look forward to reading E.M. Forster’s chapter “Jane Austen: The Six Novels”. You know, he who wrote A Room With a View, and, more importantly, that book on novels (whose title I can’t remember right this moment) where he invented the term and concept of “flat character”. Can’t wait to see what he’s got to say on Austen. And then there’s 29 more chapters after that. Good stuff, no?