Yes, it came my way too.
Round Two of Ben H. Winters‘ “updates” on Jane Austen — Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters — arrived on my doorstep nearly two months ago, got lost in end-of semester busyness and only emerged again during end-of-year cleaning. Along with it camen Winters’ essay “Jane Is My Co-Pilot,” which is pretty interesting and reveals more thought behind his approach here than I would’ve expected each time that I passed a display of these books in the local Wal-Mart. The essay has appeared on a number of blogs already, so I’m linking it at Bookgasm here instead of reprinting it again. But I will say my favorite parts of the essay are Winters’ recognition of the humor already in Austen (his analysis of how one character is “droll”) and his comparison of Austen to Margaret Dumont, the straight woman in so many Marx Brothers movies, waiting for the pie.
The fourth email request to MetroBooksNC@gmail.com gets the free copy.
UPDATE: The book has been claimed. Thanks to entrants!