Although Mr. Twain was fascinated enough with Jane's novels to read them several times, some of his remarks are downright mean spirited. Read his observation to Joseph Twitchell in a letter written in 1898: "I haven't any right to criticise books, and I don't do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticise Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can't conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Every time I read 'Pride and Prejudice' I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone." (Image taken at the Mark Twain house, Connecticut, which is in danger of closing - read the post in Austenprose.)
Let's just say that if you're no fan of Jane's I'm no fan of yours. I can't say I don't like Mr. Twain's writing, but I can state most emphatically: The man's no gentleman.
Posted by Vic, Jane Austen's World