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Lady Susan - Large Print Edition [Large Print] [Paperback]

Jane Austen
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28 Nov 2013
Lady Susan Vernon is a widow who loves to manipulate and seduce men. Single, married, it's all the same to her. She has two goals--first to marry off her daughter to a man who has enough money to care for her, and second to marry someone even richer herself.

The story unfolds in epistolary form, and is quite different from Jane Austen's other work. For example, Lady Susan is more than a match for any man she meets, she's not only beautiful and smart, but tends to seduce younger men--in Austen's novels, her heroines always go for older men. A very interesting change of pace, this novella was written before Sense and Sensibility.

This Large Print Edition is presented in easy-to-read 16 point type.

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  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Lrg edition (28 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1494309947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1494309947
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,986,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction set among the gentry have earned her a place as one of the most widely read and most beloved writers in English literature.

Jane Austen was born in Steventon rectory on 16th December 1775. Her family later moved to Bath and then to Chawton in Hampshire. She wrote from a young age and Pride and Prejudice was begun when she was twenty-two years old. It was originally called First Impressions. It was initially rejected by the published she submitted it too and eventually published in 1813 after much revision.

All four of her novels - Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815) published in her lifetime were published anonymously. Jane Austen died on 18th July 1817. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion (both 1817) were published posthumously.

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Inspired by "Les Liaisons Dangereuses", and written in a similar epistolary form, Lady Susan is one of Jane Austen's earliest finished works. In it, she reveals all the caustic wit and brilliant social satire of her later novellas. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Inspired by Les Liaisons Dangereuses and written in a similar epistolary form, Lady Susan was one of Austen’s earliest finished works. In it she reveals all the caustic wit and brilliant social satire of her later novels. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Though Lady Susan is considered part of Jane Austen's "juvenilia," having been written ca. 1805, it was not published till well after Jane Austen's death and is still not counted among her "six novels." In fact, this seventh novel, though not as thoughtful or thought-provoking as the "famous six," is one of her wittiest and most spirited. Written in epistolary style, it is the story of Lady Susan, a beautiful, recent widow with no conscience, a woman who is determined to do exactly what she wants to do, to charm and/or seduce any man who appeals to her, and to secure a proper marriage for her teenage daughter, whom she considers both unintelligent and lacking in charm.

Lady Susan, the character, has no redeeming qualities, other than her single-mindedness, and her problems, entirely self-imposed, show the extremes to which an unprincipled woman will go to ensure her own pleasure and ultimately a more secure, comfortable life. As Lady Susan manipulates men, women, and even her young nieces and nephews, her venality knows no bounds, and when she determines that her daughter Frederica WILL marry Sir James, a man who utterly repulses her, Lady Susan's love of power and her willingness to create whatever "truth" best suits her purpose become obvious.

Austen must have had fun writing this novel which "stars" a character who to appears to be her own opposite. While this novel is not a pure "farce," it is closer to that than anything else Austen ever wrote. Containing humor, the satiric depiction of an aristocratic woman of monstrous egotism, her romantic dalliances and comeuppances, and her ability to land on her feet, no matter what obstacles are thrown in her path, the novel is a light comedy in which the manners and morals of the period are shown in sharp relief--Lady Susan vs.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Novella and Two Unfinished Novels 8 Feb 2010
With an introduction by Margaret Drabble this collection contains the epistolary novella, Lady Susan and two uncompleted novels. Lady Susan is a complete tale but was never published in Austen's lifetime. Possibly the reason for this is that anyone who has read a lot of epistolary novels will know that the genre most definitely has limitations, and some of the devices used to circumvent these limitations can be rather bizarre. Also this type of novel had started to fall out of fashion, thus possibly deciding Austen to leave it in the drawer as it were. Despite all this though, the story is good. Lady Susan tries all her wiles and machinations to ensnare her a new husband now that she is a widower, also she decides who she wants her daughter to marry. Trying to put on a friendly and nice act doesn't always work when people find out about what she is up to, especially as one of the men she captivates is stil married.

The Watsons is the next story in this book, and is a fifty page or so fragment from an uncompleted novel. Emma Watson alas finds herself restricted in who she can marry, due to a lack of funds and that bugbear, pride. The last story is another fragment of about sixty pages and is called Sanditon. Sanditon is a wannabe seaside resort, it could be big as the developers say - after all it is one mile closer to London than Eastbourne. There are those who want to speculate and make money out of this new seaside resort, as well as the ailing hypochondriacs who want to improve their health. Alas Jane dies before she could finish this, which by what is available to us would have promised to have been a great novel, with lots of comedy, also it would have offered an insight to how such places grew and became the resorts that we still know today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Jane Austen. 11 April 2002
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Our capacity to form first impressions was one that Jane Austen examines in all her fiction. Her characters sometimes are shown to form incorrect impressions. Her characters often strive to give false impressions. None of her fictional characters is as preoccupied with setting up a public image in order to gain her own ends as the Lady Susan who gives this novella its name. Lady Susan is the archetypal coquette, the skilled deceiver. She is Thackeray’s Becky Sharp, fifty years before her time.
Jane Austen plays the game of deception with us too. In this novella, which is almost entirely in epistolary form, we form the impression from reading Lady Susan’s first letter, that she is a grieving widow, devoted to the care and education of her 16 year old daughter, and willing at last to accede to her brother-in-law’s pressing invitation to stay with him and his family. Wrong! We too have been duped, as we soon discover.
Jane Austen first drafted several of her novels in epistolary form, that is to say, in the form of letters exchanged by her characters. This one, which may have been the earliest of all her surviving works, alone remained in this form. And great fun it is, although Lady Susan’s contriving and heartlessness, especially in regard to her daughter, sometimes goes beyond the comic to the cruel.
Naxos has added to the fun that this “entertainement” can provide by issuing the novella in audio book form. Seven actors are allocated the parts of the seven letter writers. Furthermore, there is no abridgement of the text, and there are some snatches of music that serve to provide breaks between the letters and indicate the passing of time. Altogether, an ideal production.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good readand
Written in an unusual form for Jane Austen but so good with so much underlying humour and understatement. Really quite bitchy!
Published 8 days ago by Susan Terry
3.0 out of 5 stars Read this after the novels
It's an OK read but not one of her good successes. I wouldn't read this till after you've read all the other novels.
Published 9 days ago by Janet
3.0 out of 5 stars Letters
An unknown book to .me! Rather confusing at times but an insight was gained into eighteenth century society. Amusing at times
Published 1 month ago by D.C.Butterfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Austen
I read this for the second time, having read Janet Todd's 'Lady Susan Plays the Game', and found myself enjoying it all the more for having read Todd's 'take' on the story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Swallowbird
1.0 out of 5 stars boring read
Written as a series of letters between the bland characters - if you can identify between them! Tedious read...disappointed Austen fan :(
Published 2 months ago by e m perks
4.0 out of 5 stars Lady Susan
I had not heard of this book until I saw it in the Kindle Store. I found it very amusing and clever and would recommend it to any Jane Austen fan.
Published 2 months ago by margaret spray
2.0 out of 5 stars not Austen's best
Lady Susan is not as rounded a novel as most of her others, but it's well worth the time spent.
Published 3 months ago by Mrs J Savage
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
it shows a lot of interest in the story but some of the words didn't make sense but overall it was not the best book.
Published 3 months ago by Lolita
2.0 out of 5 stars Lady Susan
Skillful personalisation of a devious manipulative woman - whom I heartily disliked - but the book did not catch my attention. It was a struggle to finish.
Published 3 months ago by Elisabeth Frewin
5.0 out of 5 stars Lady Susan
I thought I had read all of Jane Austen & didn't know this short story existed. A thoroughly enjoyable read from the mistress of propriety.
Published 3 months ago by Domestique
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