Lady Susan

Lady Susan

by Jane Austen
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Lady Susan by Jane Austen

This abruptly finished--some would say unfinished--novel is told as a series of letters between the various characters, followed by a brief summary of subsequent events delivered by the author. It recounts the machinations of the corrupt Lady Susan as she schemes to marry off both herself and her young daughter to the greatest financial advantage. Though not as fully developed as Austen's complete novels, it still reflects her use of well-rounded characters as well as her keen eye for the details of nineteenth-century society manners. A must-read for Jane Austen fans!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781420925357
Publisher: Neeland Media
Publication date: 01/01/2005
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.23(d)

About the Author

English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Austen's plots often explore the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security. Her works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century literary realism.

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


Taught at home by her father

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Lady Susan 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
kcast610 More than 1 year ago
With a lovely sounding title as Lady Susan, who would suspect anyone more wretched a woman and mother as she. This is the first book I have ever read that consisted of a series of letters. I think the format work very well.
Anonymous 9 months ago
The boy walked in on all fours
Anonymous 9 months ago
She walks in wearing a loose light blue mini dress and knee high sock that were pulled up all the way with black flats. She looks around curiously and looks for something to do
Anonymous 10 months ago
Held out her hand and blushed. "Wanna dance...?"
Anonymous 10 months ago
"Im so lame im a vader wannabe and i got beat up by a 17 year old girl who had never heard of a lightsaber the day before!!!"
Anonymous 10 months ago
The daughter of Emma Swan (OUAT is disney owned technically) walked around slowly. She wore a red tanktop jean shorts and brown boots. She had blonde hair in a braid. She looked to be 11 or 12.
Anonymous 10 months ago
He went to Belle's room and knocked on her door. " Belle? "
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To some, Lady Susan's actions and self delusion may seem over the top. There is nothing redeemable about her. The trouble is that people like her do exist. Read contributions on forums for Narcissistic and Borderline Personality Disorders! The trouble is that unless you are one of the unfortunate individuals in their firing line, these people ensure the rest of the world thinks they are marvellous. Hats off to Jane Austen for identifying this type of behaviour at such a young age. And of understanding the personalities of the people surrounding them. Her decision to write her story as a series of letters was both brilliant and doomed to failure. The careful choosing of words and saying without saying worked really well at the start, but by midway through, the need for scenes with dialogue overrode a letter's capabilities. Had she returned to this project later in life, she may have worked a way around it, interspersing action with letters. But perhaps that would have negated what she was trying to do. Write the whole thing in the form of letters. She also possibly understood by then that characters like Lady Susan do exist, but they rarely become true heroes of a story because they never or rarely improve because they refuse to ever admit they are in the wrong. Modern psychology says the only way to deal with someone with NPD is to avoid them. From a distance, they (and Lady Susan) can be regarded with pity. It takes a special person to love them. So, while this story was never completed by the author, it remains as a true testament of her insight into people and their strengths and weaknesses.
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While I would never claim that Lady Susan was among my favorites of Jane Austen's works, it was somewhat entertaining. The pains and scheming that Lady Susan went through to get her daughter married to James was interesting to watch. But it was indeed comical to see Lady Susan married to James and Fredrica married to Reginald, who was meant for Lady Susan.
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