In Memoriam


Our national organization reports, via the UK’s Telegraph newspaper, that Austen fans have lost another author and long-time advocate of Jane Austen. Marie Dobbs made an interesting life for herself and penned other works besides her 1975 completion of Sanditon, as her Telegraph obituary indicates:

Last month, the Telegraph also marked the passing of Austen scholar Irene Collins, perhaps best known for her book, Jane Austen and the Clergy (1994):

Some years ago, Jane Austen and the Clergy was the topic at one of our summer luncheon meetings, held that year at the Chatillon-DeMenil House.


Revisiting the A&E/BBC’s 1995 P&P

Finally, on a lighter note, if you need an excuse to skip over to England in the next few weeks, here is the perfect reason for making the trip, courtesy of the Basingstoke Gazette:

For more information about the the library’s Sept. 5 presentation, “BBC Pride and Prejudice 1995: Reflections Around a Much-Loved Production,”  visit the Chawton House Library’s website,, or simply click on this link for a program agenda:

Among the presenters Sept. 5, our own Devoney Looser (a.k.a., Stone Cold Jane Austen, Now with Arizona State University, Devoney’s topic will be “Playing Mr. Darcy, from Archery to Wet Shirts.”

Also, you may recall that Chawton House Library founder Sandy Lerner was our 2012 Birthday Luncheon guest.

And speaking of topics, this is a good time to remind everyone that our next JASNA Metropolitan St. Louis Region meeting is Sept. 26 at the University City Public Library. Dr. Toby Benis, of Saint Louis University’s College of Arts and Sciences and a fellow region member, will speak on “Jane Austen’s Portsmouth.” The 2 p.m. presentation is open to the public; so please invite your family and friends. The library is located at 6701 Delmar Blvd., University City, Mo. We’ll see you then.



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!