Reading Groups

Jane Austen’s Third Century


Led By: Steven Milowitz


Time: 6 - 7:30pm


Meets: Every other Wednesday, six sessions


Dates: Sept. 27*, Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 1,
Nov. 15, Nov. 29


Sign up:

Members: $150

Nonmembers: $175 


*Please note the date of the first class was changed to avoid falling on Rosh Hashanah. 


This reading group will read and discuss the work and legacy of Jane Austen. Austen’s writing has remained vibrant and modern two hundred years after her death. What accounts for the resilience of Austen’s relatively small body of work? How do satirical novels and stories written about the customs and concerns of upper class English ladies and gentlemen in the past resonate with readers in 2017? Why has Austen’s work been refashioned so often by contemporary writers? In the group we will investigate Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Austen’s short fiction. We will also look at excerpts from some of the more recent texts inspired by Austen.


Before the first class, members of the group should have read Pride and Prejudice. There is no preferred edition of Austen’s works for this reading group.


Steven Milowitz is the author of Philip Roth Considered. He is a teacher at the Ramaz School, and has taught at New School University, and Choate Rosemary Hall.