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Despite being one of the most important writers our civilization ever produced, on whose labors humanity continues to feed, Jane Austen December 16, —July 18, left hardly any record of her opinions and theories on the craft she so masterfully wielded in practice. He has certainly great merit as a writer; he does ample justice to his subject, and without being diffuse is clear and correct… He certainly has a very pleasing way of winding up a whole, and speeding truth into the world.
The work is rather too light and bright and sparkling: it wants shade; it wants to be stretched out here and there with a long chapter of sense, if it could be had; if not, of solemn specious nonsense, about something unconnected with the story… something that would form a contrast, and bring the reader with increased delight to the playfulness and epigrammatism of the general style.
But her most explicit counsel on writing comes from a series of letters to her teenage niece, Anna. My dear Anna,—I am very much obliged to you for sending your MS. It has entertained me extremely; indeed all of us. I read it aloud to your grandmamma and Aunt Cass, and we were all very much pleased.
The spirit does not droop at all. I do not like a lover speaking in the 3rd person; it is too much like the part of Lord Overtley, and I think it not natural. She readies Anna for some tough love:. Anna,—We have been very much amused by your three books, but I have a good many criticisms to make, more than you will like. You describe a sweet place, but your descriptions are often more minute than will be liked. You give too many particulars of right hand and left. She encourages the girl to focus on the relationships between the characters against a well-crafted backdrop of place:.
You are now collecting your people delightfully, getting them exactly into such a spot as is the delight of my life.
Three or four families in a country village is the very thing to work on, and I hope you will do a great deal more, and make full use of them while they are so very favorably arranged. You are but now coming to the heart and beauty of your story. Until the heroine grows up the fun must be imperfect… One does not care for girls until they are grown up. My dear Anna,—I have been very far from finding your book an evil, I assure you.
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