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Jane Austen
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Engrave this Quote I will not adopt that ungenerous and impolitic custom so common with novel writers, of degrading by their contemptuous censure the very performances, to the number of which they are themselves addingójoining with their greatest enemies in bestowing the harshest epithets on such works, and scarcely ever permitting them to be read by their own heroine, who, if she accidentally take up a novel, is sure to turn over its insipid leaves with disgust.
-Jane Austen, The narrator, in Northanger Abbey, ch. 5, 1818 Tell a Friend


 


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