She is, simply, everywhere


Exhibit A: Sent by Alert Janeite Karen 2L, from the New York Times, March 7, 2008, referring to the author who was outed as having written a Made Up Memoir:

To the Editor:

It’s clear that Margaret Seltzer, author of “Love and Consequences,” is a gifted writer with a soaring imagination. It seems perverse, then, that she chooses to deny her destiny as a novelist.

Ms. Seltzer’s insistence that only nonfiction can “make people understand the conditions that people live in” is way off the mark.

Has she never read Charles Dickens — or even Jane Austen?

Anne Bernays
Cambridge, Mass., March 4, 2008

Exhibit B: Sent by Alert Janeites Laurel Ann and Lisa, an article about, of all things, gravel:

The sound of tires on gravel always brings to mind English manor houses on “Masterpiece Theater.” You expect a Rolls Royce to deliver over-dressed nobility into the hands of waiting domestic staff. And in Jane Austen novels, young ladies in their elaborate Victorian dress stroll along gravel lined flowerbeds.

Exhibit C: It was, perhaps, inevitable that Jane Austen would show up in reference to the hotly contested Democratic primary of the U.S. presidential race; and perhaps even more inevitable that she would show up for just about every camp.

For Barack Obama, in Slate, sent by Alert Janeite Anna:

If we were to contrast Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama we’d have to say that Clinton is one of those forgotten novelists, with an edge of rage warring in her with a penchant for excessive deference to the “divisive” politics of the past, and Obama is Jane Austen, speaking as Woolf said she did, with “freedom and fullness of expression.”

Not for Obama, from FrontPage Magazine, sent by Alert Janeite Lisa:

What in the world would a Jane Austen novel have to do with Barack Obama?

Austen’s last book which she wrote before dying is titled “Persuasion,” and in the introduction to the novel, Gillian Beers, Professor of English at the University of Cambridge, delves into the meaning of “persuasion.” According to the definitions and exploration of the word, one can’t help but think about Barack Obama. Indeed, for Barack Obama is undoubtedly a master of the art of persuasion.

For Hillary Clinton (sort of), in Newsweek, sent by Alert Janeite Deborah:

There may be a million reasons not to vote for Hillary, but the quality of her marriage is not one of them. As Charlotte Lucas says in “Pride and Prejudice,” after she makes a chillingly pragmatic union, “Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance.” She might also have said that one woman’s frog is another one’s prince—or that the glossy illusion of perfection does not insulate any marriage against inevitable struggle. She might have added that the only people who know the truth about a marriage are the two people who are in it—but she didn’t. Hillary said that.

We present the last bit in the interest of our theme of “She’s Everywhere,” and hope that it will not spawn unpleasant debate, though we have no doubt that many of our Gentle Readers hold very strong opinions on the subject.