Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Dueling Authors: Austen vs. Dickens
The Classics Circuit is hosting a Dueling Authors: Austen vs. Dickens tour this May, and I’m one of the participants. Basically, after you sign up, you have to read either a Dickens or Austen novel, and write a post about it. We’re all waiting to see who can knock the other out and emerge as the victor.
An unread copy of A Tale of Two Cities sat in my TBR pile, but, in the end, I decided to read Austen’s Northanger Abbey. I read it a couple of years ago, but I don’t remember anything about it. At all. However, I’ve come across numerous bloggers saying they loved Northanger Abbey, and thought it was hilarious. I couldn’t even imagine Northanger Abbey and hilarious in the same sentence, since I thought it was ridiculously boring.
But then I realized something.
When I read Northanger Abbey a couple of years ago, I had no idea who Anne Radcliffe was and had never heard of The Mysteries of Udolpho. Most of the humor in the book, according to numerous sources, relies on knowing the basic premise of The Mysteries of Udolpho—and having an appreciation for dark castles on stormy nights.
So, I’m going to see for myself.
I’m off to reread Northanger Abbey now.
It’s too late to sign up, but the tour schedule can be found here.