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Vera Nazarian
Posted on Friday, September 24, 2004 - 04:27 pm:   

A fun Washington Post article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A22819-2004Aug21.html

"Austen, it appears, is our new Shakespeare. In pop culture terms, that is. Two hundred years after her novels were written, she's ascended to that level where her work is widely imitated, flippantly quoted, frequently ripped off and, yes, very much revered -- by those who have actually read her, that is. Cite Jane these days and it's like playing a smart card. Remember how puffed up you felt the first time you quoted from "Hamlet" by heart?"

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