09/01/2010 04:42 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

The Literary (Anti) Heroes Of Middle Age

One of the many books I have been rereading between bouts of Powell is "Persuasion." If you read Jane Austen more or less annually, as I have done since my late teens, you end up marking yourself against the characters. Oh reader, when I first read "Pride and Prejudice" I was Lydia's age. I am about to become older than the delightful Mrs Croft in "Persuasion."

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