Saturday, May 30, 2020

Jane Austen's Quiet Grandeur --why is this so?


Jane Austen’s fiction is replete with great humor, with delicate satire, with good sense, with kindness—and truth. There is nothing confusing or obscure, and nothing offensive, or indecent. In this sense, she was traditional because she learned from her predecessors: Oliver Goldsmith, Samuel Richardson, Frances Burney, and Maria Edgeworth. And although she had read the gothic novels of Mrs. Radcliffe, and the romantic writers, she kept apart from them. In the 18th-century art historian, Johann Winkelman said that what made Greek art sublime was “noble simplicity and quiet grandeur.” Without a doubt, what makes Jane Austen’s writing is that noble simplicity and quiet grandeur.

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