I love that quotation (and other choice ones you can find by looking up
in Alan Gribben's _Mark Twain's Library: A Reconstruction_). But I've
wondered why he had such a violent reaction. Was it just to tweak Howells,
who was a big Janeophile? Or was it something else he was reacting to? It
seems to me that he should have appreciated Austen's tone, satire, and
He was evidently an appreciative and insighful reader of Browning, for
example. So why this strong distaste for Austen? Any ideas?