Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is a two-for-one deal - the conventional circulating library novel of the thwarted lovers Jane and Bingley, and its critique, the more realistic narrative of Elizabeth and Darcy, which points out that love isn't between two people, but a transaction between two people and their ghastly relatives. — Craine Raine, Times Literary Supplement, November 30, 2012

As a massive force for change in literature, heroinism was born, like so much else that was revolutionary, in the last decades of the eighteenth century and the first of the nineteenth. We still have an imperfect idea of the numbers and quality of the women writers at work in that period, one which resembles our own in the sense that what Gina Luria calls 'The Feminist Controversy" was present in the consciousness of every writer, whatever his or her sexual politics. — Ellen Moers, 125

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