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'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 unscrupu
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Paperback, 211 pages
Published November 28th 1974 by Penguin (first published 1871)
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Ashwood
Jul 11, 2017 Ashwood rated it really liked it
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The Books Blender
Aug 16, 2015 The Books Blender rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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,
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·Karen·
May 30, 2013 ·Karen· rated it really liked it
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
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Simona Bartolotta
Aug 09, 2011 Simona Bartolotta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1800
"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.

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Kirsti (Melbourne on my mind)
I wanted to love this, I really did. I mean, it's JANE AUSTEN, you know?? And yet, here we are. I don't think it helped that I was slightly slumpy when I was reading this and that it therefore took me the better part of four days to get through this 200 page book.

I wanted to love Lady Susan, because it was such a unique way of telling a story. But it was so full of horrible characters that I just came out at meh. I wanted to love The Watsons, but it felt like it was speeding along without any d
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Sophia
I can't remember where or when I got my copy of this book. I vaguely remember getting it cheaply and being happy to have some of Austen's minor works. It sat on a shelf for many years, but then I wanted a refresher read of Lady Susan because of the upcoming movie adaption that is whimsically named 'Love & Friendship'.
Much to my pleasure and surprise, this book had a fascinating introduction of the three works that discussed the background of the stories, speculation about Austen's choice in
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Corinna
Nov 19, 2015 Corinna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Lady Susan ★★★★
Non so come abbia fatto la Austen, ma con il personaggio di Lady Susan ha fatto davvero un mezzo miracolo: ha reso simpatica una manipolatrice fatta e finita.
Ho molto apprezzato anche la forma del romanzo epistolare, anche se nelle prime lettere ho faticato un pochino a inquadrare i vari personaggi..

I Watson ★★★★
Giuro che arrivata alla fine ci sono rimasta malissimo.. Sapevo che era un romanzo incompiuto, e ho cercato di non farmi prendere troppo dalla storia e dai personaggi, ma
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Irene
Apr 07, 2012 Irene rated it liked it
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
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Anna
Jan 11, 2010 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: austenesque
I reviewed each of these separately on my blog:

Lady Susan is a very short novel (less than 100 pages) by Jane Austen, considered one of her “minor works.” It was likely written in 1793 or 1794, but it was not published until after her death. Lady Susan is an epistolary novel, and it’s the only novel I’ve read by Austen with a horrid “heroine” — but that’s what makes her so interesting.

Lady Susan Vernon is a recent widow who had an affair with a married man, whose wife’s jealousy, along with her
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Lucy
Sep 24, 2009 Lucy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Susan
Aug 14, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: brit-lit, romance
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
Carina
Mar 09, 2014 Carina rated it liked it
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'
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Ange
Jun 29, 2016 Ange rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, classic, 2016
3.5 stars
Deborah Markus
Jun 08, 2013 Deborah Markus rated it really liked it
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
Lisa (Harmonybites)
May 22, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it liked it
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
Julie Bozza
Oct 27, 2016 Julie Bozza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, austen
I am not entirely sure that I read this back in The Day, decades ago, when I was first discovering Austen. I certainly bought the book back then! But it is only somewhat aged and faded, and not falling apart like the rest of my Penguin paperback versions of Austen. All I really remember is the carriage smash that opens "Sanditon" - but I might have read about that elsewhere.

So this has been in effect new to me - and in fact I saved it for after viewing the new film "Love and Friendship", which w
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Trisha
Jan 04, 2014 Trisha rated it really liked it
LADY SUSAN
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. :)

THE WATSONS
This is probably the one I really wish had been finished, 'ca
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Elena
First read: many years ago, probably pre-2012
Second read: 4-5 December 2016


Lady Susan: 4 stars

Find my review here.


The Watsons: 3 stars

This one is an enjoyable read, but I can see why Jane Austen herself decided to abandon the project. While her humour is clear even from these first few pages, the characters are not as well drawn as her others, and many situations echo parts of her finished novels. Still, I am sure that, had she decided to develop it better and finish it, I would have liked it as
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Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.)
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
Kim
Mar 14, 2010 Kim rated it really liked it
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
Alexandra Freire
Sin duda alguna, un libro que fue una grata sorpresa encontrar entre las estanterías de una librería de mi ciudad. Admirar le queda corto a lo que siento por Jane Austen, y poder tener la dicha de leer estas novelas suyas inconclusas es el mayor placer.
-Lady Susan. Qué puedo comentar de esta detestable protagonista. La hubiera redimido si en verdad se mostrara tal cual es, pero crear tantas redes de mentiras y maquiavélicos pensamientos me conducen a no estar satisfecha con su final, que si bien
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Emelyn
Tre piccoli gioielli

Quando Jane Austen scrive il suo primo romanzo compiuto, Lady Susan, che sarà pubblicato nel 1871 ad opera del nipote dell’autrice, ha solo 19 anni e i grandi capolavori che le concederanno eterna gloria sono ancora lontani (anche se non troppo), eppure questo romanzo breve, luminoso e divertentissimo sa già catturare il lettore e presenta tutte le caratteristiche che di lì a poco, affinate e sviluppate, renderanno indimenticabili opere come Ragione e sentimento e Orgoglio e
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Serena
Dec 27, 2010 Serena rated it really liked it
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.

M
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Annette
Aug 06, 2012 Annette rated it liked it
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
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Alex Ronk
Sep 13, 2015 Alex Ronk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Wayne
Feb 12, 2009 Wayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All BRAVE Austen Fans
Recommended to Wayne by: Jane, of course !!

A MOVIE !!!!
"Lady Susan" has been turned into a VERY humorous film by Whit Stillman, an Austen Fan and a maker of 4 films which have an originality that thankfully departs from the Hollywood Factory Productions. -- Metropolitan, Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco and Damsels in Distress. This latest takes its name of "Love and Friendship" from another product of Jane Austen's youthful endeavours; otherwise it stays close to the story presented by the letters without the letters...thank the gods
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Sol González
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
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Reina
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
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Marianne
Nov 10, 2015 Marianne rated it it was amazing
I first bought a copy of 'Lady Susan' many years ago but it has taken until now for me to read it. I think it may have been the epistolary nature of the novel which put me off but I was able to get over that and read it in one sitting. Jane Austen probably wrote 'Lady Susan' in 1794 when she was nineteen but it was never published during her life, appearing in print in 1871. Written as a series of letters, it owes much to the 18th century convention of letter writing. In my edition, 'Lady Susan ...more
Leah
Jane Austen just never disappoints me.

This edition of Jane Austens later works contains 3 fragments, "Lady Susan", "The Watsons" and "Sanditon". Sadly, this is the last set of works by Austen I didn't read and also the last one she started writing, but never finished.
"Lady Susan" is an epistolary novel, rather harsh in tone with a different kind of heroine than in all her other works. It was fun reading but not one of her strongest work, probably because she couldn't develope all her skills in
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