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Written by gianni
(5/11/2013 11:36 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Whilst agreeing with what you say Gianni, ..., penned by Jim Morris
My point was not that we wouldn't appreciate more the novels with all the extraneous detail, but that the critical stuff is there, unimpeded by it.
I was addicted to Austen by this pure essentialism; I was attracted to RoP and JASNA by the desire to know more about the background and local color. Without RoP and JASNA, however, I'd still be addicted to Austen's work.
This is not to say that I don't appreciate the diligence and hard work of the real scholars; they are, of course, the ones who make this greater appreciation accessible to dilettanti (in the hopefully less deprecatory Italian sense of the word :-) like me.
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