Lady Susan

Lady Susan

by Jane Austen
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Lady Susan by Jane Austen

This epistolary novel, an early complete work that the author never submitted for publication, describes the schemes of the main character—the widowed Lady Susan—as she seeks a new husband for herself, and one for her daughter. Although the theme, together with the focus on character study and moral issues, is close to Austen's published work (Sense and Sensibility was also originally written in the epistolary form), its outlook is very different, and the heroine has few parallels in 19th-century literature. Lady Susan is a selfish, attractive woman, who tries to trap the best possible husband while maintaining a relationship with a married man. She subverts all the standards of the romantic novel: she has an active role, she's not only beautiful but intelligent and witty, and her suitors are significantly younger than she is (in contrast with Sense and Sensibility and Emma, which feature marriages of men who are sixteen years older than their wives).

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014164399
Publisher: Philtre Libre
Publication date: 04/10/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 62 KB

About the Author

Author of such classic novels as Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and Lady Susan.

Date of Birth:

December 16, 1775

Date of Death:

July 18, 1817

Place of Birth:

Village of Steventon in Hampshire, England

Place of Death:

Winchester, Hampshire, England

Education:

Taught at home by her father

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Lady Susan 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Homeschooler4u More than 1 year ago
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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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."