Thursday, August 21, 2008

That explains a lot.

And yes, I've sat through just about every BBC production of Austen's novels ever. On multiple occasions. [Hi Sandy.]

Virginity = Productivity?:
"...Despite the “quite a bit of sex” smeared on [Jane Austen’s] life and work by the biopic Becoming Jane and virtually all the recent screen adaptations (notably the obnoxious Mansfield Park), the author of Pride and Prejudice (invariably voted best ever English novel) died intacta. All six of her major heroines are as virginal on the last page as they were on the first. Does the fact that Austen “never had it” make her a greater, or lesser, writer? Is chastity the enemy of literary genius?…"

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