'Lady Susan' is an early complete epistolary novel that was never submitted for publication by Jane Austen. It was possibly written in 1794 but not published until 1871. The protagonist of the novel, Lady Susan, a widow about 35 or 36 years old, subverts all standards of the typical romantic heroine: she is selfish and unscrupulous, though highly attractive to men; she is significantly older than her suitors and she seeks a wealthy husband for her daughter and an even better match for herself - while maintaining a relationship with a married man. Like the other major novels by Jane Austen, 'Lady Susan' has been the subject of several dramatic adaptations for stage, television and cinema.
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About the Author
Jane Austen (1775 - 1817) was an 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 favorable 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.With the publications of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815), she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began a third, eventually titled Sanditon, but died before its completion. Her novels have rarely been out of print, although they were published anonymously and brought her little fame during her lifetime. A significant transition in her posthumous reputation occurred in 1869, fifty-two years after her death, when her nephew's publication of A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced her to a wider audience.
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