What do other authors think about Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice?

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Tamara K. H. | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

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I am unable to find any online literary criticism specifically geared towards Pride and Prejudice, but I do see literary criticism on Jane Austen in general. Sir Walter Scott was known to compare Austen's work to the "Flemish school of painting" stating that "The subjects are not often elegant, and certainly never grand; but they are finished to nature, and with a precision which delights the reader" (Reader Response to Austen's Novels). In other words, Austen may not write about very deep subjects, but her characters are very carefully and precisely crafted. George Henry Lewes also stated that she depicted the "English gentlewoman" in a very true and pure manner. Her subtle characterizations have even been compared with Shakespeare's. While Charlotte Bronte felt that Austen's subject matters where neither profound nor dramatic enough for her, Lord David Cecil states that Austen profoundly depicts moral, society, and philosophy related to her own sphere.


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