Jane Austen must surely be the most reread author of the last hundred years. ...In this frame of mind one longs for a new Miss Austen more than for a new symphony of Beethoven or a play of Shakespeare ... . The power of endlessly re-reading the novels of Miss Austen is the only advantage conferred by a bad memory. I do not imagine that Macaulay, greatly as he admired her, could have endured to read her as often as I have. Nor am I willing to allow that this is intellectual idleness, for her works like those of Nature, always yield something new to the faithful student.
And she, like Nature, has the power of creating in her devotees a minute interest which I rarely experience in other writers. ..."
Sir Francis Darwin. Rustic Sounds and Other Studies in
Literature and Natural History
Chapter V, 1917
According to Spendius, Jane is perfection; Twain a hack. What do youse think?
Twain is better, hands down, no comparison.