Lady Susan

Lady Susan

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MY DEAR BROTHER,-I can no longer refuse myself the pleasure of profiting by your kind invitation when we last parted of spending some weeks with you at Churchhill, and, therefore, if quite convenient to you and Mrs. Vernon to receive me at present, I shall hope within a few days to be introduced to a sister whom I have so long desired to be acquainted with. My kind friends here are most affectionately urgent with me to prolong my stay, but their hospitable and cheerful dispositions lead them too much into society for my present situation and state of mind; and I impatiently look forward to the hour when I shall be admitted into your delightful retirement...
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], [2016?]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781523236855
Branch Call Number: FIC Auste
Characteristics: 117 pages ; 23 cm

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May 18, 2009

The epistolary form goes back a long way, and few have used it to greater advantage than Jane Austen. In this novella, written when Austen was little more than a teenager, widowed Lady Susan is intelligent, beautiful, sophisticated--and rather wicked. She needs her daughter to marry well and herself to marry even better. She charms, she flirts, and she manipulates as she schemes away in letters to gullible (and not-so-gullible) family and friends. This is both a clever tale of one woman?s charm and desperation and a social satire of aristocratic life in 18th century England. Lady Susan is one of Austen?s earliest complete works and the story shows the same wit and insight of Austen?s greater works.

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