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A quotation for Austen fans

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MsAmerica Sun 01-Sep-13 21:49:14

I just ran across this. American critic Lionel Trilling said that "not to like Jane Austen is to put oneself under suspicion of a general personal inadequacy and even—let us face it—of a want of breeding."

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NadiaWadia Sun 01-Sep-13 22:59:09

Well so much for Charlotte Bronte then, eh, as apparently she didn't appreciate JA.

CircassianLeyla Mon 02-Sep-13 08:03:33


CircassianLeyla Mon 02-Sep-13 08:04:29

That'll be all the happy endings and fun and frolicks.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Tue 03-Sep-13 17:38:34


Charlotte Bronte - what does she know?!

MrsCakesPremonition Tue 03-Sep-13 17:42:37

As Lionel Trilling has been dead for nearly 40 years, I won't be getting too worked up about his opinions.

Louise1956 Wed 04-Sep-13 14:13:02

I think it is an amusing quote, not meant (I hope) to be taken seriously. A great many people (especially men) do not care for Jane Austen. taste in fiction is very personal.

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