Walter Scott has no business to write novels, especially good ones.– It is not fair.

I dickered with myself over what letter quotation to use for today’s post-title, from a letter written to Anna Austen Lefroy in 1814.  It is another gem of Jane Austen offering her niece writing criticism/advice, most of the letter in fact taken up with that topic.  And I nearly used, “I wish you would not let him plunge into a “vortex of Dissipation”” — love the commentary on cliches — but that it is so well known a quote.  So instead I chose to go with the intro to Miss Austen’s commentary on some of the other authors of the day…  But do read the whole letter, a pleasure indeed for both writers and readers to enjoy!

28th September 1814

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