Austen v. James

Posted by on Thursday, Dec 22, 2011 - 3:35 PM

In Death Comes to Pemberley, mystery novelist P.D. James has made her first foray into the world of Jane Austen in what is being called “a rare meeting of literary genius.”

In her Author’s Note James remarks “I owe an apology to the shade of Jane Austen for involving her beloved Elizabeth in the trauma of a murder investigation, especially as ... Miss Austen made her views plain: ‘Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.’“

She adds, humbly, “No doubt she would have replied to my apology by saying that, had she wished to dwell on such odious subjects, she would have written this story herself, and done it better.”

Library Journal calls it “A draw.”

“Both Austen and James survive the affray to be able to fight again.”

Fans can only wait and hope for a re-match!



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