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Lady Susan

Jane Austen

Written 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.” The Letters: 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

Written 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.” The Letters: 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
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Genres:

Classics

Description:

Written 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.” The Letters: 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

Language:

English

Narrators:

Susan McCarthy, Laurellee Westaway, Bobbie Frohman, David Thorn, Melissa Leventon

Length:

2h 56m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

01:26


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:04


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:11


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:57


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:32


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:18


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:10


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:15


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:32


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:00


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

02:35


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:06


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:13


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:02


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:59


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:05


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:04


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

10:16


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:04


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:42


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:36


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

17:34


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:51


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:54


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:03


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

01:52


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

02:24


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:03


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

01:30


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:17


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

00:54


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:18


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

01:38


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:04


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

00:44


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

02:16


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

02:18


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:41


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:42


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

00:24