"Every time I read 'Pride and Prejudice' I want to dig [Austen] up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone."I can't say I share Mr. Twain's opinion (though I do appreciate the wit), but it is interesting how critical appreciation of Ms. Austen's work has altered over time.
Pride and Prejudice in a lovely annotated edition edited by Patricia Meyer Spacks, as I read Jane's Fame, and the books dovetail nicely, as the annotations frequently expand on something Harman mentions, and vice versa.
Other random facts I've discovered:
-Jane Austen was so anonymous in her own time that only 2 authenticated sketches of her survive (both drawn by her sister), and one of those only shows her from behind!