In Memoriam: Lois White Wilcox

 With information provided by Candace O’Connor and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Lois Linn White Wilcox, a long-time member of JASNA St. Louis, died April 26, 2013, of pneumonia and congestive heart failure.  Her husband of 31 years who died in 1998, Luman Wilcox, was a strong supporter of her interest in Jane Austen and her love of writing.  Lois was a dedicated writer, particularly of humorous verse like limericks and puns.  She often took writing classes, was a longtime member of the Ethical Society of St. Louis, and loved flowers, cooking, and especially cats.  Services were held May 7 at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Ballwin.

The following is one of her best-known limericks was written for a Jane Austen birthday celebration in December 1992 and was published in Persuasions the same year.


For the 233rd birthday of Jane,
Let us make it perfectly plain,
T’would be most sagacious
And not AUSTENtatious
To praise her achievements again.

You who see through the fake and the twit,
At your feet (by your fire), we will sit.
As Janeites we’ll boast
It’s our privilege to toast
Our mistress of wisdom and wit!

NewsNotes Summer 2013: From Our Regional Coordinator


Happy summer! As I write this column in late April, it seems as though summer will never come. Our spring has been a wet and cold one, but that has not dampened our spirits. Much has been happening in the world of Jane Austen.

In February, members of our local region attended a dramatization of Sense and Sensibility at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis – and our reactions were mixed. As always, many of us were amazed that anyone could distill a full novel into Continue reading

UNC-Chapel Hill offers summer Austen program June 27-30

Eve M. Duffy, director of the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill Program in the Humanities, recently informed us that UNC–Chapel Hill is partnering with the English and Comparative Literature Department at UNC to offer a Jane Austen Summer Program June 27-30. The four-day program celebrates the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice. Designed, not only for scholars, but also for high-school teachers, and graduate and undergraduate students, the program is open to anyone with a passion for all things Austen. Tuition is $499 and includes parking on campus, breakfast, break food, a buffet dinner, dance lessons, and a regency ball. Current K -12 teachers are eligible for scholarships that cover approximately half the tuition cost. For more information, including the program agenda, visit

Austen and Game Theory? She was ahead of her time says UCLA Professor


Our New York region colleague Kerri Spennicchia regularly passes along links that readers of Jane Austen might find interesting. This past week, a new book by Michael Chwe, a political-science professor at UCLA, has been garnering headlines. Here, courtesy of  Spennicchia, are three links that highlight Chwe’s  Jane Austen, Game Theorist.


The first is from UCLA. It includes both a five-minute video summary as well as a full lecture presentation of Chwe’s thesis.  The second is from Slate, and the third is a tongue-in-cheek response to Chwe’s observations by Ferris Jabr.


Pride, prejudice and strategic thinking: Jane Austen wrote the book ..

Professor Chwe’s Lecture Presentation:

Pride, prejudice and strategic thinking: Jane Austen wrote the book on game theory

“Austen’s novels are game theory textbooks,” Michael Suk-Young Chwe writes in “Jane Austen, Game Theorist,” which Princeton University Press published April 21. “She’s trying to get readers to use their higher thinking skills and to think strategically.”

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Political Scientist Realizes Jane Austen Knew Something About Human Relationships

Readers of Jane Austen had reason to rejoice this morning. According to an article in today’s New York Times, we haven’t just been wasting our time on frivolous little stories. Austen, it seems, has something to tell us. And not only us English majors. Mathematicians. Game theorists. Serious thinkers. Even Henry Kissinger.

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Jane Austen Responds: Game Theory? Sir, You Flatter Me

[Scientific American (blog)]
It is with a mix of delight, embarrassment and confusion that I have watched people analyze and adapt my novels all these years. Cassandra often hears of the latest developments before I do and takes great pleasure in bringing me tidbits of gossip

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