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Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë: Alike or Different?

Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë might be linked by their early 19th-century British backgrounds and legions of devotees, but, according to James Edward Austen-Leigh, nephew of the former, “No two writers could be more unlike each other than Jane Austen and Charlotte Brontë; so much so that the latter was unable to understand why the former was admired, and confessed that she herself ‘should hardly like to live with her ladies and gentlemen, in their elegant but confined houses.’”

A distinct talent

Born in 1775 in Hampshire, England, Jane Austen was part of a convivial middle-class family consisting of five brothers and an elder sister, Cassandra, with whom she was very close. The Austens valued education; the two girls briefly attended boarding school and continued to receive further education at home. Read More→

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16 Slightly Absurd Quotes by Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein sure had a way with words —many, many words. Many of them were beautiful and wise; and just as many delightfully perplexing — and downright absurd (but in a good way). Here are a few favorites of the latter variety.

“Nothing is more interesting than that something that you eat.”

“Whenever you get there, there is no there there.”

“I do want to get rich, but I never want to do what there is to get rich.”

“The thing that differentiates man from animals is money.” Read More→

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