Modified image of a Gerald Scharfe illustration
for The New Yorker.**
This is a first for Jane Austen Today, gentle readers, but I could not resist offering a back-to-back throwdown. It has been reported that Jacketcopy will produce a steamy version of Pride and Prejudice (as if that concept is new). Pride and Prejudice as a bodice ripper? Would you read such a trashyripoffintriguing novel?