A Sample of Critical Views
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In the case of Jane Austen we should preface this sample from the critics with a word about the particular virulence of the argument about her. There are plenty of different interpretations of Jane Austen, of course; but there is another, more personal controversy polarising her readers into partisan affection or hatred. Jane Austen seems to arouse these extremes of feeling, and here are a few samples.
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- 1.Journal, quoted in Andrew H. Wright, Jane Austen’s Novels: A Study in Structure, London, 1953 (Penguin, 1962, p. 17).Google Scholar
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