Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Writing about Austen in 1850, the author Charlotte Brontë said

She ruffles her reader by nothing vehement, disturbs him by nothing profound. The passions are perfectly unknown to her …

Mark Twain was weirdly aggressive in his criticism:

… her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy … Every time I read Pride and Prejudice I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.

Notwithstanding the judgement of her peers, Pride and Prejudice has sold over 20 million copies, spawned multiple film adaptations, and made its way onto many a high school reading list.

Emma is #9 on The Guardian’s 100 greatest novels of all time.