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Helen Fielding
Thoroughly modern Jane
Thoroughly modern Jane

She does get around. In recent years, Lizzy Bennet — the genteel and sheltered heroine of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" — has been reimagined by novelists as a former gangbanger from the South Side of Chicago ("The Man Who Loved Pride & Prejudice"), a tart-tongued retired librarian living in South Florida ("Jane Austen in Boca"), and the lead singer in an up-and-coming girl band ("Fitzwilliam Darcy, Rock Star"). This fall, two Austen updates were released by different publishers on the same day, and — days after that — HarperCollins announced that it will commission a series of high-profile contemporary...

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