Lady Susan (Google eBook)

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Digireads.com Publishing, Jan 1, 2004 - Fiction
23 Reviews
One of Jane Austen's shortest works, "Lady Susan" is an epistolary novel, a novel told entirely in the letters of its title character, her friends and family. "Lady Susan" is the story of a recently widowed woman who is actively searching for a new marriage while trying to play matchmaker for her daughter as well.
  

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User Review  - nosajeel - LibraryThing

Had not read this short, epistolary novella before. Every sentence was thoroughly enjoyable Jane Austen. But it doesn't compare to any of her best novels or even to any of her worst novels. Only one ... Read full review

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User Review  - JosephCamilleri - LibraryThing

Although not vintage Austen, this early epistolary novella does not outstay its welcome, enlivened as it is by the author's characteristically incisive wit. Les Liaisons Dangereuses for lovers of tea and crumpets... Read full review

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Contents

LETTER I
3
LETTER II
4
LETTER III
7
LETTER IV
9
LETTER V
11
LETTER VI
13
LETTER VII
15
LETTER VIII
18
LETTER XXIII
54
LETTER XXIV
57
LETTER XXV
64
LETTER XXVI
68
LETTER XXVII
70
LETTER XXVIII
72
LETTER XXIX
73
LETTER XXX
75

LETTER IX
20
LETTER X
21
LETTER XI
23
LETTER XII
25
LETTER XIII
28
LETTER XIV
30
LETTER XV
33
LETTER XVI
36
LETTER XVII
38
LETTER XVIII
41
LETTER XIX
43
LETTER XX
45
LETTER XXI
49
LETTER XXII
50
LETTER XXXI
78
LETTER XXXII
79
LETTER XXXIII
80
LETTER XXXIV
81
LETTER XXXV
82
LETTER XXXVI
83
LETTER XXXVII
85
LETTER XXXVIII
86
LETTER XXXIX
87
LETTER XL
89
LETTER XLI
90
CONCLUSION
92
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About the author (2004)

Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works lasting appeal. She is at her best in such books as Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816), in which she examines and often ridicules the behavior of small groups of middle-class characters. Austen relies heavily on conversations among her characters to reveal their personalities, and at times her novels read almost like plays. Several of them have, in fact, been made into films. She is considered to be one of the most beloved British authors.

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