Thursday, March 17, 2011

Stone-Cold Jane Austin vs. the Brontë Sisters

Steve Sailer has two entertaining and informative posts on "the endless struggle between witty, sensible Jane Austen and the romantic, hysterical Bronte sisters" — "Jane Eyre" and Jane Austen v. the Bronte Sisters, II. The former, he says, "was a witty, levelheaded product of the 18th century" who "would have gotten along well with Ben Franklin." (The paintings above, by the way, were both painted by siblings of the authoresses.)

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Blogger Thomas said...

I'm not sure the natural ability to get along with Franklin has much to recommend it.

1:49 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

I am. One of the most enjoyable projects I ever worked on was a simplification of Franklin's autobiography for a Korean audience:

Silly as his theological views may have been, he was a fun guy, a reak American.

6:42 AM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


One of the tabs/labels on my blog is "Austen vs. Bronte" so that all posts about Jane Austen and all posts about the Bronte Sisters are linked together forever. =P

There's no reason, though, why one can't enjoy the novels of all four authoresses without falling into one of two camps.

5:53 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

=P indeed! Here are the posts, for the record:

6:16 PM  

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