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More informationWritten in the then fashionable style form of letters between the characters in the book, Jane Austen tells the story of the beautiful widow Lady Susan. Lady Susan has an eye toward re-marrying well, and marrying off her teenage daughter. To achieve her objectives, she spins a tale of Victorian humor and manipulation. In the end, she outsmarts even herself.
Jane Austen’s earliest known serious work, Lady Susan is a short, epistolary novel that portrays a woman bent on the exercise of her own powerful mind and personality to the point of social self-destruction.
Lady Susan, a clever and ruthless widow, determines that her daughter is going to marry a man whom both detest. She sets her own sights on her sister-in-law’s brother, all the while keeping an old affair simmering on the back burner. But people refuse to play the roles assigned them. In the end, her daughter gets the sister-in-law’s brother, the old affair runs out of steam, and all that is left for Lady Susan is the man intended for her daughter, whom neither can abide.
Told through a series of letters between the characters, the work concludes abruptly with the comment: “this correspondence…could not, to the great detriment of the Post Office revenue, be continued any longer.”
Letter 01: Lady Susan Vernon to Mr. Vernon
Letter 02: Lady Susan Vernon to Mrs. Johnson
Letter 03: Lady Susan Vernon to Lady de Courcy
Letter 04: Mr. de Courcy to Mrs. Vernon
Letter 05: Lady Susan Vernon to Mrs. Johnson
Letter 06: Mrs. Vernon to Mr. de Courcy
Letter 07: Lady Susan Vernon to Mrs. Johnson
Letter 08: Mrs. Vernon to Lady de Courcy
Letter 09: Mrs. Johnson to Lady Susan Vernon
Letter 10: Lady Susan Vernon to Mrs. Johnson
Letter 11: Mrs. Vernon to Lady de Courcy
Letter 12: Sir Reginald de Courcy to His Son
Letter 13: Lady de Courcy to Mrs. Vernon
Letter 14: Mr. de Courcy to Sir Reginald
Letter 15: Mrs. Vernon to Lady de Courcy
Letter 16: Lady Susan Vernon to Mrs. Johnson
Letter 17: Mrs. Vernon to Lady de Courcy
Letter 18: From the Same t