This Burns My Heart
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Be bold, and mighty forces shall come to your aid
Q. What’s your best quality?
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. It would be Nellie Bly, the pioneer journalist.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A. Madame Merle, In Portrait of a Lady
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
May 23, 2011Jane Austen’s talents as a social satirist and as an anthropologist of manners place her comfortably on the large scale canvas of the 18th British novel; yet, her skills as a miniaturist, as a portraitist of small, individual transactions, hint at the paradox at the heart of her genius. Austen takes the carnivalesque, more unwieldy impulses of the genre, containing a multitude of intersecting characters, of varying moral fiber, their intentions at cross-purposes, while still providing exquisitely drawn individual scenes, one after another, probably hundreds of them.
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