I had no idea that Mark Twain had such a dislike of Jane Austin until I encountered a discussion of how many things he has to say about her in Who Is Mark Twain. This one just made me burst out laughing:
"I haven't any right to criticise books, and I don't do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticise Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can't conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Everytime I read 'Pride and Prejudice' I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.
- Letter to Joseph Twichell, 13 September 1898 "