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2 Jane Austen and Sir Walter Scott were born within four years of each other, in
1775 and 1771 respectively, but though Jane Austen was admired in her lifetime,
by no one more generously than by Scott himself, her fame, and her prestige as ...
It is in the light of this change that we see Jane Austen as a modern novelist as
we do not Scott. The nature of the change may be indicated in a remark Robert
Liddell makes on Miss Compton-Burnett in his A Treatise on the Novel.
Dickens recognizes no limits at all; the art of Jane Austen is made possible
precisely by the recognition of limits. It may be asked: Did Miss Austen know what
she was doing? She lived, after all, before it was common for the novelist to
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THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY
THE FIRST GENERA
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