Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon” as Want to Read:
Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview
Read Book

Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  4,554 ratings  ·  271 reviews
'She has poured forth her tender tale of love in vain, and exposed herself forever to the contempt of the whole world'

These three short works show Austen experimenting with a variety of different literary styles, from melodrama to satire, and exploring a range of social classes and settings. The early epistolary novel Lady Susan depicts an unscrupulous coquette, toying wit
Paperback, 211 pages
Published March 30th 1975 by Penguin Classics (first published 1871)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon

North and South by Elizabeth GaskellWives and Daughters by Elizabeth GaskellLady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon by Jane AustenEvelina by Fanny BurneyCranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
More Jane for the Austen Purist
3rd out of 87 books — 93 voters
The Blue Castle by L.M. MontgomeryTo Catch a Pirate by Jade ParkerThe Seer and the Sword by Victoria HanleyWildwood Dancing by Juliet MarillierWives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell
Best Lesser-Known Books
51st out of 905 books — 1,156 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Remarkable that the grease stained pages found down the back of the sofa or stuffed into a drawer or still on the desktop when Jane Austen died should be so entrancing 200 years later. And Margaret Drabble's intro is judicious and knowledgeable.

I have now read almost (but not quite) everything that JA wrote; her Juvenilia would make me a 'completist'. Horrible word. It sounds like some Orwellian newspeak term for someone who goes round co-ercing people into committing suicide.

She may well have b
The Books Blender
C'è poco da fare: Jane Austen è una specie di sigillo di garanzia! Ogni sua opera è affascinate e avvincente e coinvolgente… anche quelle incompiute!
Ho apprezzo moto Lady Susan, romanzo particolare nel 'palinsesto' della Austen in quanto scritto sotto forma di epistolario. La protagonista è diversa dalle eroine cui siamo abituati: egocentrica, egoista, vendicativa, ma tremendamente intelligente, sagace e abile nel manipolare l'animo altrui. Alla fine, direi, tutto è bene quel che finisce bene,
Simona Bartolotta
"C'è qualcosa di piacevole nei sentimenti che si lasciano manovrare tanto facilmente. Non che abbia invidia, né vorrei, per nulla al mondo, averne di simili, ma si dimostrano utili quando si desidera influenzare le passioni di un altro."

Oh, Jane, immensa, incredibile, dolcissima Jane: no so cosa darei per avere un altro tuo romanzo, o per poter rileggere tutti i tuoi romanzi per la prima volta. Cosa darei, seriamente, non lo so, perché la ricompensa non sarebbe in alcun modo quantificabile.

Jun 21, 2012 Irene rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Only the most ardent of Jane Austen fans
Recommended to Irene by: Shan
Shelves: fiction
Three unfinished stories are included in this collection ("Lady Susan," "The Watsons," and "Sanditon"), plus a lot of additional reading under the titles of "Introduction," "Social Background," "A Note on the Text," "Notes," and "Chronology."

Despite being called the "Introduction," I think that chapter might actually be best read after having finished each of the stories. It certainly sheds light on story lines and characters, but it's hard to follow without knowing who or what is being discusse
Sandition, by Jane Austen

Uncompleted, Sandition was the last of Jane Austen’s work.

Another delightful short read by Austen. I can’t say enough about how much I revel in these brief , yet brilliant works. Sandition brought me the light read and humour I desperately needed after the meatier books I last dove into.

Sandition, is the name of a new beach resort village in its coming of age. Because it is a relatively unknown area in need of new residents, travelers and reputable people-the then local
This is my current favorite-to-talk-about book, and I wish wish wish that more people read it so it would come up more frequently in conversations. Considering that Austen has six completed novels and this volume has only one completed epistolary novel and two novel fragments, I doubt many readers will cross paths with it. It's arguable that Austen herself would not have wanted people reading these works salvaged from her notes and papers, but they are a pleasure. It's extremely hard to approach ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
May 23, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jane Austen Fans
This definitely shouldn't be your introduction to Jane Austen, and imagine it would only be picked up by avid fans like myself having read and reread her six mature completed novels and hungry for more. Lady Susan, which feels truncated, is a very early epistolary novel, and The Watsons was abandoned and Sandition left incomplete upon Austen's death. (And incidentally, if you have the version with an introduction with Margaret Drabble, you might want to read it aftewards--she gives too much away ...more
Feb 09, 2012 Kim rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: classic
This is the first I have ever heard of these three writings of Jane Austen. I have been a fan of her writings for many years and I was surprised to find other stories that I have read. Lady Susan was a very curious book, I guess one calls it an epistolary novel, but it was quite different than other writings by Jane Austen. I was deeply captured by The Watsons, I would have been delighted even more if it had been a complete novel. I would have loved to see the end results of such a story that ha ...more
Cuando compré la colección de novelas de Jane Austen en la FIL Guadalajara me puse como desafío leer todas las obras en este año. Aunque quería leerlas conforme fueron escritas, esta edición trae como "introducción" estas tres historias cortas, cosa que encuentro de lo más atinada si son admiradores de la obra de Austen, pero no tan acertada si es primera vez que leen a esta autora.

Lady Susan es de las primeras novelas que escribió Austen (cuando era una jovencita con menos de veinte años), pero
Alex Ronk
Les confieso que antes de tener la colección con los libros de Austen, no sabía de éstas historias D: pero al iniciar recomiendan empezar con éstas 3 historias, una completa y 2 inconclusas que dejan con ganas de saber más, aunque en Los Watson viene un comentario de lo que Jane pensaba hacer para terminar la historia, mientras que Sanditon queda inconclusa y fue una lástima, seguro que lo que continuaba valía la pena :) Les hablaré un poco independiente de cada una de las 3, pero es como una ad ...more
I haven't ever read a novel in this style before, at least of the 18th century classics, so it was a new experience for me. It was certainly a fun read, with me always wondering what would happen next and what the real truth was. I loved how it ended, with Lady Susan having the last laugh, in a sense anyway. And I can say for certain that Lady Susan is the naughtiest Austen leading lady I've encountered to date. :)

This is probably the one I really wish had been finished, 'ca
Dec 15, 2010 Geoff added it
I love Jane Austen. There’s something about knowing her history and the time period in which she was writing that just makes her that much greater. She was so far ahead of her time and wrote about issues that are still pertinent today, if not in the exact manner.

I thought each of these three novels were unique and amazing in their own way. Lady Susan was the first and it was a bit difficult to get into but ultimately turned out to be brilliant. Jane Austen wrote it in the epistolary style, simil
 Gigi Ann
Aug 10, 2012 Gigi Ann rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Gigi Ann by: Jane Austen Fans
Jane Austen's The Watsons (1871) was written around 1803-1805. It presents the story of Emma Watson's return to her family after a long time away. Facing severe financial problems, the only hope for this family of four daughters and an invalid father is to get the girls married before their father's death. Though Austen did not complete this work, the fragment includes a segment by her nephew commenting on how she intended to finish the novel.

There are a few books that some authors have taken th
Feb 21, 2009 Wayne rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Austen Fans

There is a certain melancholy attached to reading some of this volume. I refer naturally to "Sanditon", which holds such promise and a new direction for Jane Austen's writing.
Of course when some well-intentioned fan decides to complete the work, it only serves to rub salt into the wound!!!

"Lady Susan" was a shock back in 1979.
(I was in England and reading it when we visited Jane's last home at Chawton.)
I hadn't come across any of the Juvenilia before and wasn't mad about it.
But now, after some
Christopher H.
Lady Susan is a short epistolary novella written by Jane Austen. What intrigued me is that Lady Susan really is the most morally bankrupt (maybe 'amoral' is better?) of any of Austen heroines (and I use the term 'heroine' loosely here). She will think, say and do anything to achieve her means. This novella, presented as series of letters, was written by the young Jane Austen, and first published long after her death. One surmises that she probably did not intend for it to see the light of day in ...more
Deborah Markus
I own editions of these works, but this particular collection is worth having for a reason that will make me sound like a wimp: the two unfinished novels, "The Watsons" and "Sanditon," are finally, blessedly broken up into paragraphs. They only exist in draft form, and previous editors have simply presented the block text Austen left behind. Call me a wuss: I can't read a 30-page paragraph comfortably. Margaret Drabble sympathized with this sentiment and did the work to make these important work ...more
Lady Susan is an epistolary. Epistolary was a popular way of writing a novel during the 18th century. It is written in the form of a letter or letters.
Jane began writing Lady Susan in 1793 or 1794, it was published in 1871 posthumously by her nephew J. E. Austen-Leigh.
Lady Susan is a wealthy widow in her late thirties. She has a daughter named Frederica that is approaching an age where she will be marriageable. Lady Susan is a gossip, flirtatious, calculating, devious, deceitful, a plotter, arro
Sanditon, another unfinished novel and the last that she was working on before her death, by Jane Austen begins with the Parkers in search of a surgeon to bring back to the seaside town of Sanditon from Willingden to care for the sick tourists and travelers seeking the medicinal attributes of the small town. Unfortunately, the Parkers’ carriage runs into rough roads in a different Willingden without a physician and it overturns. Mr. Parker ends up with a sprained ankle and the adventure begins.

Sol  Gonzalez
Leí esta novela acuciada por la necesidad de tener un contexto antes de que se siguiera desarrollando la trama en la adaptación a youtube que se está llevando a cabo de la última de las tres novelas: Sanditon. Y posiblemente Sanditon sea la que menos me agradó de las tres.

Lady Susan
Esta pequeña obra ya la había leído anteriormente y aunque me parecio deliciosa, no fue impresionante. La obra escrita en un modo epistolar narra las argucias de Lady Susan para hacer casar a su hija con un importante
Che dire? Sono gli ultimi libri della Austen che mi mancavano.
Lady Susan non è certo il suo miglior romanzo, ma lo stile, l'ironia e la scrittura è sempre la stessa, sempre la sua penna affascinante e meravigliosa.
Peccato aver letto già tutto, andrei avanti ore ed ore!
Carina Mcdonagh
This book of Jane Austen short stories was a bit of a mixed bag. 'Lady Susan' is interesting because it is more experimental due to the fact that it is both written in the form of letter entries and the main character is not one of Austen's usual heroines.

My favourite of the stories was 'The Watsons', an unfinished novel, it's written very much in the style of 'Pride and Prejudice' and if finished would have been a magnificent addition to her six completed novels.

I did not enjoy 'The Sanditons'
It's so sad that these stories end so abruptly...especially Sanditon, as she was working on it close to the time of her death. I loved The Watsons. The characters and situations were intriguing, and it was very readable! I liked Sanditon, mostly because of the hypochondriac Parker siblings. :) Lady Susan was also interesting, but my least favorite of the three. I still enjoyed reading it, though Lady Susan is an awful character.

Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors. I don't know what took m
Even though I prepared myself to find great pleasure in this last bit of Jane Austen EVER, I found I was shocked at the abrupt ending and disappointed. No more than one teaspoon of chocolate icecream could ever do more than tantalize, one small taste of Jane Austen can do nothing more than disappoint. Mind you, I wasn't disappointed in the work, I wanted it to go on forever. I cared about the characters and felt such a secret sort of pleasure to be reading something that might have stayed in pri ...more
Sono 3 scritti inediti dei 3 eventi della vita della scrittrice: inizio, morte del padre e malattia di Austen. Nel primo ella ancora risentiva dell'influenza di personaggi di altri romanzi settecenteschi: la vita aristocratica. In un romanzo epistolare l'autrice sottolinea l'ipocrisia dei protagonisti ed anche se l'opera è incompiuta il finale è prevedibilissimo dopo aver letto tutti i libri della Austen! Ella sogna sempre il lieto fine per i suoi personaggi dato che per lei non c' è stato. Una ...more
Sherri Rabinowitz
I have been a Jane Austen fan for a very long time. I have always wanted to read all her works, and with this book I have now read all of her works including her letters.

Her first novel Lady Susan, is very different, unlike Emma who has many redeeming and lovable qualities, Lady Susan really has none. She is a complete villain, the charming but evil influence over younger and innocent hearts. She reminds me of Mr. Wickham in Pride and Prejudice. It is a fun and charming book. I really enjoyed i
Woman In Gold
I came in knowing that these were draft/shorts per book club. I flipped directly to Lady Susan, and read The Watsons and Sanditon directly after. I then read the intro and notes in the beginning which made a little more sense as to reason why I liked or didn't like these stories.

Lady Susan - A+
The Watsons - B
Sanditon - F

***Three-part Review, Possible Spoilers***

I am really loving this format of letters alone. Plus I've an old fashioned love of letter-writing, stationary and wax seals..
Lady Susan is an epistolary style short story that I found quite predictable.
The Watsons was the start of a story that sounded like it was a copy of P&P though without the rest of the story it's hard to tell where it was heading.
Sandition was an intriguing fragment of a story that could have been really good but we unfortunately don't get to find out.

I found these interesting from the point of view of an Austen fan but the stories themselves weren't particularly wonderful.
Jule Hack
Lady Susan:
Eine manipulative Witwe, die denkt, sie könnte mit allen Menschen ( ob nun Bruder und Schwägerin oder Tochter und Liebhaber) spielen und sie nach ihrem gutdünken für alles begeistern, was sie will. Doch macht ihr ihre ehrliche Tochter einen Strich durch die Rechnung.
Mal wieder einen Applaus wert für Jane Austens genaue Beobachtungsgabe der Gesellschaft.

Die Watsons:
Emma, die nach Jahren bei ihrer Tante, zurück zu ihrer Familie kommt und auf dem ersten Winterball, die höhere Gesellschaf
Martha Chalé
Nunca me canso de expresar mi admiración por Jane Austen, por sus personajes claramente definidos y humanos, los conflictos mundanos hechos interesantes, sin hadas o fantasmas hace que devore libros enteros, incluso historias incompletas!!!

Cuando terminé Lady Susan no pude evitar sino notar como desde sus inicios tenía un estilo claro, el cual fue perfeccionando con el tiempo. Suficientemente entretenida y en sus pocas hojas pudo hacer cantar a mi corazón. El prometedor inicio de una carrera lit
Girl with her Head in a Book
This next foray into Austen in August comes courtesy of Penguin books (and Nudge) who were kind enough to send me a review copy of both this and Love and Freindship, both of which are being reissued at the start of September. Although I had read all three of the stories contained in this book, this edition with its accompanying foreword from Margaret Drabble elevates them from mere literary curiousity to stories with an appeal all of their own.

As Drabble points out, Austen was an author caught i
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • A Memoir of Jane Austen and Other Family Recollections
  • Jane Austen, Her Life and Letters: A Family Record
  • The Cambridge Companion to Jane Austen
  • Colonel Brandon's Diary (Jane Austen Heroes, #5)
  • Jane Austen For Dummies
  • A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen
  • Sense & Sensibility
  • The Belton Estate
  • Jane Austen: The World of Her Novels
  • Jane Austen's Guide to Good Manners: Compliments, Charades & Horrible Blunders
  • So You Think You Know Jane Austen?
  • The Wanderer: or, Female Difficulties
  • 101 Things You Didn't Know About Jane Austen: The Truth about the World's Most Intriguing Romantic Literary Heroine
  • Cranford and Cousin Phillis
  • From Lambton to Longbourn: A Pride & Prejudice Variation
  • Jane Austen's World: The Life and Times of England's Most Popular Author
  • The Friendly Jane Austen: A Well-Mannered Introduction to a Lady of Sense and Sensibility
  • What Matters in Jane Austen?: Twenty Crucial Puzzles Solved
Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics.

Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fr
More about Jane Austen...
Pride and Prejudice Sense and Sensibility Emma Persuasion Northanger Abbey

Share This Book

“Nobody could catch cold by the sea; nobody wanted appetite by the sea; nobody wanted spirits; nobody wanted strength. Sea air was healing, softening, relaxing -- fortifying and bracing -- seemingly just as was wanted -- sometimes one, sometimes the other. If the sea breeze failed, the seabath was the certain corrective; and where bathing disagreed, the sea air alone was evidently designed by nature for the cure.” 8 likes
“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.” 1 likes
More quotes…