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Lady Susan

by Jane Austen

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Beautiful, flirtatious, and recently widowed, Lady Susan Vernon seeks an advantageous second marriage for herself, while attempting to push her daughter into a dismal match. A magnificently crafted novel of Regency manners and mores that will delight Austen enthusiasts with its wit and elegant expression.… (more)
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    My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier (atimco)
    atimco: These stories share a charming, manipulative villainess.
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    Evelina by Frances Burney (sweetiegherkin)
    sweetiegherkin: Also an epistolary novel, written by a woman said to be an influence on Austen's own writing. If I recall correctly, also has an older scheming woman involved in the plot.
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    Lady Vernon and Her Daughter: A Novel of Jane Austen's Lady Susan by Jane Rubino (sweetiegherkin)
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    Lady Susan by Phyllis Ann Karr (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Retells the story without the letters, filling in Austen's gaps.

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Rereading this because of the movie coming out this month... confusingly titled "Love and Friendship" but actually an adaptation of Lady Susan. It doesn't have the appeal of Jane Austen's more polished works, but I think I see how it could be amusing on screen. ( )
  Alishadt | Feb 25, 2023 |
Although not vintage Austen, this early epistolary novella does not outstay its welcome, enlivened as it is by the author's characteristically incisive wit. Les Liaisons Dangereuses for lovers of tea and crumpets... ( )
  JosephCamilleri | Feb 21, 2023 |
This was fun and it reminds me that at times we try to box Jane Austen in too much. This book is so much about poking fun at the system. About turning things on their side and seeing if it changes how we view them. I found this a fast, and surprisingly funny, read. ( )
  wanderlustlover | Dec 27, 2022 |
3.5 stars
I blew through this faster than I expected to. I just had to know if Lady Susan's machinations would triumph in the end. What an infuriating character!
This book, unpublished during Austen's lifetime, was not as funny as the others I've read. I guess she was pretty young when she wrote it. But her command of language and her understanding of human nature were already apparent.
Definitely worth a read for Austen fans, but I wouldn't recommend reading this first if you're just now checking out her work.
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  Harks | Dec 17, 2022 |
Published in 1871, several decades after her death, this novella is an early work from Jane Austen. It is written in epistolary form, with letters between the major characters providing insight into their personalities. It contains an epilogue written in narrative form that provides closure on what happened to these people.

Lady Susan is intended to be an unlikeable character, and she comes across as scheming and manipulative. I found it interesting to read an early work to see how Austen’s writing progressed. I read a version that included a mini biography of Austen’s life and an assessment of her literary impact (180 pages). This is not her best but certainly worth reading.

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  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
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My dear Brother,- I can no longer refuse myself the pleasure of profitting by your kind invitation when we last parted, of spending some weeks with you at Churchill, and therefore, if quite convenient to you and Mrs. Vernon to receive me at present, I shall hope within a few days to be introduced to a Sister whom I have so long desired to be acquainted with.
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Beautiful, flirtatious, and recently widowed, Lady Susan Vernon seeks an advantageous second marriage for herself, while attempting to push her daughter into a dismal match. A magnificently crafted novel of Regency manners and mores that will delight Austen enthusiasts with its wit and elegant expression.

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