Beaten With Her Own Shinbone! (Six Famous Writers Diss Jane Austen)

When it comes to Pride & Prejudice, these six apparently take pride in their prejudice

“Why do you like Miss Austen so very much? I am puzzled on that point…no glance of a bright, vivid physiognomy, no open country, no fresh air, no blue hill, no bonny beck. I should hardly like to live with her ladies and gentlemen in their elegant but confined houses.” ~ Charlotte Bronte

“What calm lives they had, those people! No worries about the French Revolution or the crashing struggle of the Napoleonic Wars. Only manners controlling natural passion as far as they could, together with cultural explanations of any mischances.” ~Winston Churchill

“…vulgar in tone, sterile in artistic invention…without genius, wit or knowledge of the world. Never was life so pinched and so narrow. Suicide is more respectable.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I’d give all she ever wrote for half what the Brontës wrote.” ~Virginia Woolf

“[T]his old maid typifies ‘personality’ instead of character, the sharp knowing in apartness instead of togetherness, and she is, to my feeling, English in the bad, mean snobbish sense of the word.” ~D. H. Lawrence

“[H]er 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 beat her over the skull with her own shin bone!” ~Mark Twain

(All quotes found at Mental Floss.)

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