Sunday, 18 May 2014

G.K.Chesterton: Jane Austen



"... I fancy that Jane Austen was stronger, sharper and shrewder than Charlotte Bronte; I am quite sure that she was stronger, sharper and shrewder than George Eliot. She could do one thing neither of them could do: she could coolly and sensibly describe a man. ..." 


"No woman later has captured the complete common sense of Jane Austen. She could keep her head, while all the after women went looking for their brains. She could describe a man coolly; which neither George Eliot nor Charlotte Bronte could do. She knew what she knew, like a sound dogmatist: she did not know what she did not know--like a sound agnostic. But she belongs to a vanished world before the great progressive age of which I write..."

9 comments:

  1. This makes me want to read all these women authors all over again and take note of the men. Thanks!

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  2. I was just reading Paul Johnson's discussion of George Eliot and Jane Austen, and I like this summing up much better!

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  3. Anna, was that in Johnson's book *Creators*?

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  4. Love this, Carol! Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. From the little I've read of Paul Johnson, he can be fairly caustic but it would be hard to beat, "She could keep her head, while all the after women went looking for their brains.'

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  6. He just further elevated my opinion of Jane Auten! Great quote! Love, Betty

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