From: mskarpThursday, September 04, 2014 2:21 PM
To add to your well-founded scepticism, Ken, here's my well-founded correction of Gene's numbers: his poem-pages/bio-pages is made up -- that is, it isn't true. That anyone can check the page counts makes me wonder why, Gene, you wouldn't find a better way to make a point (what was your point?). Once you so clearly skew the facts to make an unfounded generalization, there is no reason to keep reading. Better just to stick to your opinions, which I assume are honestly what you think. And skip the bios if you don't like them.
"The Good Old Days" is a long standing and copiously exemplified archetype. A famous (or infamous) example is Eliot's phrase, "dissociation of sensibility." Hardy structured _Tess_ along this line of good past (first dairy farm) / terrible present (second dairy farm). There is a long standing critical debate as to whether Austen's fiction exemplifies or undercuts the archetype.