Uitgever HarperStudio geeft in april het boek ‘Who is Mark Twain’ uit, een collectie van 24 ongepubliceerde essays van deze Amerikaanse schrijver. Twain was geen fan van Jane Austen, zo blijkt uit de essay die over haar gaat. Twain schreef:
She makes me detest all her people, without reserve. Is that her intention? It is not believable. Then is it her purpose to make the reader detest her people up to the middle of the book and like them in the rest of the chapters? That could be. That would be high art. It would be worth while, too. Some day I will examine the other end of her books and see.
All the great critics praise her art generously. To start with, they say she draws her characters with sharp discrimination and a sure touch. I believe that this is true, as long as the characters she is drawing are odious.