Some General Characteristics
Part of the Literary Companions book series (LICOM)
For Viscount Grey of Fallodon, Jane Austen was ‘the greatest wonder among novel writers’ because she succeeded without recourse to the usual elements and allurements of popular fiction. She had the integrity to restrict herself to life as she knew it. Unlike traditional heroes and heroines, hers are
not too bright or good For human nature’ s daily food;
For transient sorrows, simple wiles,
Praise, blame, love, kisses, tears, and smiles.
KeywordsUsual Element Prince Regent Popular Fiction Naval Officer Poetic Justice
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© F. B. Pinion 1973