Jane Austen works rejected by publishers.

Davis Lassman took chapters from three of Jane Austen’s books, Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, and Persuasion, and sent them to 18 different literary agents and publishers. He changed the titles (although he left some hints) and the characters’ names. Of the 18, one recognized the work (and warned him of plagiarism), one said they were 'a really original read', but the rest either rejected the chapters or never responded. Link -via Reddit

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So, basically, 16 out of 18 agents didn't reply. This doesn't mean they rejected Jane Austen's work - it could mean that 17 out of 18 recognized it and only two were stupid enough to waste their time with a response.
Is David Lassman maybe a little bitter about rejection of one of his books?
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