Ouch! Even Jane’s not safe.

This just came through on one of the writing loops I belong to:

Mark Twain on Jane Austen (1898)

“I haven’t any right to criticize books, and I don’t do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticize Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read ‘Pride and Prejudice’, I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”


And if I ever get a really bad review and start feeling crappy about it, I’ll try and remember this one *g*

In the meantime, who could possibly have a bad word to say about this?

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2 Responses to “Ouch! Even Jane’s not safe.”

    • Sounds like he was a sucker for punishment, too. After all, he did use the phrase “every time I read Pride & Prejudice”. Hey, perhaps he wanted to “dig her up” etc etc because he was envious as all heck he hadn’t written such a fabulous book! Guess we’ll never know *VBG*