Anyone is a Critic — but Shouldn’t be

I’m not sure what got me started on this yesterday.  It could have been the fact that I was in a bookstore to pick up something I probably won’t have time to read soon. The book is Pamela; Or, Virtue Rewarded by Samuel Richardson.  Pamela is an Eighteenth Century epistolary novel which I hadn’t heard of until I read Vivien Jones’s 1996 introduction to the Penguin Classics edition of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I had already finished reading Pride and Prejudice by the time I looked at the introduction.  Ms. Jones alluded to Pamela, and made it clear that the book … Continue reading Anyone is a Critic — but Shouldn’t be

Lady Susan by Jane Austen (Review)

Lady Susan by Austen, Jane Epistolary Novel Written During 1790s, Published in 1871 Various Editions Available In Print and Electronically In the New Millennium, most of us find Jane Austen’s style of writing difficult.  That’s no excuse for neglecting to read her work, though. This past week I read Lady Susan, a series of letters between six characters, set over a short period of time.  The character at the center of the story, a sixteen year-old girl named Frederica, does not contribute in writing, so the reader’s impressions of her rely on others’ observations. Some details in this book are not open … Continue reading Lady Susan by Jane Austen (Review)