Lady Susan

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Her beauty belies her age-her wit and charm bend doubt and even contempt into devotion-her cunning may or may not assure luxury and comfort for all her days. In this epistolary novel, we see every side of Lady Susan in letters written by her, to her, and about her. In her own hand, she is sweetness and compassion personified to those she wishes to manipulate. To her confidant Alicia Johnson, however, she reveals her true nature and her schemes.

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Overview

Her beauty belies her age-her wit and charm bend doubt and even contempt into devotion-her cunning may or may not assure luxury and comfort for all her days. In this epistolary novel, we see every side of Lady Susan in letters written by her, to her, and about her. In her own hand, she is sweetness and compassion personified to those she wishes to manipulate. To her confidant Alicia Johnson, however, she reveals her true nature and her schemes.

Published fifty-four years after her death, the critically acclaimed LADY SUSAN is considered Jane Austen's first mature novel.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781162670119
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/10/2010
  • Pages: 62
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Austen (16 December 1775 - 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works include Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion. Her biting social commentary and masterful use of both free indirect speech and irony eventually made Austen one of the most influential and honored novelists in English Literature. Source: Wikipedia
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Pride and Prejudice (1813)
Sense and Sensibility (1811)
Emma (1816)
Persuasion (1818)
Mansfield Park (1814)
Northanger Abbey (1817)
Juvenilia – Volume II (1790)
Juvenilia – Volume I (1790)
Juvenilia – Volume III (1790)

Biography

In 1801, George Austen retired from the clergy, and Jane, Cassandra, and their parents took up residence in Bath, a fashionable town Jane liked far less than her native village. Jane seems to have written little during this period. When Mr. Austen died in 1805, the three women, Mrs. Austen and her daughters, moved first to Southampton and then, partly subsidized by Jane's brothers, occupied a house in Chawton, a village not unlike Jane's first home. There she began to work on writing and pursued publishing once more, leading to the anonymous publication of Sense and Sensibility in 1811 and Pride and Prejudice in 1813, to modestly good reviews.

Known for her cheerful, modest, and witty character, Jane Austen had a busy family and social life, but as far as we know very little direct romantic experience. There were early flirtations, a quickly retracted agreement to marry the wealthy brother of a friend, and a rumored short-lived attachment -- while she was traveling -- that has not been verified. Her last years were quiet and devoted to family, friends, and writing her final novels. In 1817 she had to interrupt work on her last and unfinished novel, Sanditon, because she fell ill. She died on July 18, 1817, in Winchester, where she had been taken for medical treatment. After her death, her novels Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were published, together with a biographical notice, due to the efforts of her brother Henry. Austen is buried in Winchester Cathedral.

Author biography courtesy of Barnes & Noble Books.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      December 16, 1775
    2. Place of Birth:
      Village of Steventon in Hampshire, England
    1. Date of Death:
      July 18, 1817
    2. Place of Death:
      Winchester, Hampshire, England
    1. Education:
      Taught at home by her father

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    FadingStar leaps on a Rock, looking a bit sad but determined. "Clan Meeting! Crimsonstar has not been seen in over a week, and as Deputy of PathClan, I have taken the trip to the Moon Pool and received my Nine Lives. If Crimsonstar returns, I will give him back Leadership, but until that should happen, I want to lay down a few Rules for the betterment of this Clan. Firstly, this Clan was founded under the idea of a Realistic, Drama-free Clan that any Cat could join without being Ignored. To enforce this, from now on, no Cat is allowed to RolePlay him/herself being attacked or injured. There will be no Mate-begging or squabbling amongst Members. Any of these things will be Ignored. However, other than Cats doing one of those three things, all are to be Welcomed and never Ignored. PathClan will be completely Power-free, and Cats only can be Members. Within a week I will choose a Deputy to help me lead. Please do not nominate yourself for the Position. I will choose based on Activeness, Helpfulness, and a general tendency to follow the Ideals PathClan was founded on. We also need a Medicine Cat. I do expect our Warriors to help Advertise for this Clan. We especially need Warriors and Apprentices." FadingStar pauses, then meows, "Clan Dismissed."

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

    Wonderfully Fascinating

    I just discovered this Austen work and I loved it! It kept me guessing until the very end, however it did not take long to realize what a horrific person Lady Susan was.

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