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  •  pico, that's just it: (4+ / 0-)
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    Austen was a razor-sharp commenter on the hypocrisies of the society in which she lived.

    That's one reason why she is still being read, her books are still being made into movies, and she is still adored by readers: two centuries later.

    Who else comes to mind? Well, Shakespeare has a few centuries on her...and he didn't write novels...but he seems the closest comparison in terms of wit and genius.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Fri Jun 14, 2013 at 11:46:03 PM PDT

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    •  We were talking about creators of the modern novel (1+ / 0-)
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      I think, in that respect, Shakespeare is the one writer who ran rings around Austen. He invented a fifth of the modern novel: She invented a tenth.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 01:38:24 AM PDT

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