Has anyone read...
Posted by Arnessa on August 23, 1998 at 02:43:43:
In response to Criticism of S&S, written by Stephanie S on August 19, 1998 at 18:25:09
anything by Richardson. I keep meaning to when I get a spare year. But this comment of all the comments by the reviewer interests me. I don't think it's bad to say that a novelist was influenced by another in such and such a work. I am always interested to discover what my favorite novelists read. But I'm wondering what he means that S&S is "written under the shadow of Richardson's influence." Does he mean some of the phrasing sounds similar or just that the themes tend to be same. Anyone can shed light on which passages the reviewer might be thinking of?
S&S is a first novel, after all, of course JA's skills are not honed to perfection as they would be later on. But I wouldn't by any means wish that novel to be the one to die of all of JA's works. Maybe I could deal if P&P vanished from face of the earth. Since we all probably know that one by heart, we could copy it out again on paper quick as lightning.
The book is the least original of all her works; and in places sounds as if it were written under the shadow of Richardson's influence. There is of course the same contrast between first impressions and the final reality that appears elsewhere; there is the same endeavour to show that those who have the most ease of manner are not necessarily of the most solid worth. There is in addition the touch of burlesque in the character of Marianne, where Jane Austen is laughing at the sentimentalists; but while all these characteristics are typical of her art, they appear with less subtlety than in the other novels, indeed one might say there is now and then a suggestion of crudity.
- Pamela I think. Margie 19:02:17 8/23/98 (9)
- Richardson: I like the man!! :-) Marsha 17:16:34 8/24/98 (1)
- Hear, Hear! nfm Simone 00:49:42 8/26/98 (0)
- Um, I think the one your thinking of is Clarissa... Simone 15:38:34 8/24/98 (0)
- Sounds to me like... Lillian 05:46:34 8/24/98 (5)
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