From a column about a subversive Norman Rockwell:

I, of course, prefer the subversive interpretation. I am one of those readers who prefers the bloody-minded Robert Frost of “Design” and “Never Again Would Bird’s Song Be the Same” to the kindly old white-maned Yankee bard cherished by my third-grade teacher, Miss Martin — all the while admiring Frost for being able to appeal to the both of us.

Likewise I see Jane Austen as a hard-headed realist, intolerant of fools of all kinds and occasionally cruel in her judgment of well-meaning idiots, a far cry from the Gentle Jane of the current (nauseating) Austen industry.

Pretty accurate, I’d say, though the products of the Gentle Jane school are not as nauseating as he would make out.

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