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Lady Susan

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  12,986 ratings  ·  1,096 reviews
Unlike the women featured in Austen's other works, the recently-widowed Lady Susan Vernon is a beautiful and intelligent, but highly manipulative, woman in her upper thirties, who will stop at nothing to attain financially secure relationships for both herself and her wayward but shy teenage daughter, Frederica.
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Published September 1st 2001 by Naxos Audiobooks (first published 1794)
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Petra X
This is a very clever book indeed. Quite different from the rest of Austen's oeuvre, it is not the sort of book that you can imagine a teenager might be able to write. To conceive the character of a woman of 35ish and her use of sexual attraction and seduction for a 19 year old, as Jane was when she finished this, shows remarkable powers of observation and deduction. How much harder in the more sheltered world of the 18thC than the tell-all media-driven world of now?

Unlike all Austen's other boo

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this excellent audiobook version of Jane Austen's epistolary novel narrated by Harriet Walter, Kim Hicks and Carole Boyd. It's so short that I was able to complete it by listening to it at the gym and then on my way to work and home again in the course of a single day. The novel is very different from Austen's other works. The central character is an anti-heroine: the amoral Lady Susan Vernon, a predatory widow who endeavours to seduce a married man and arrange
Gary  the Bookworm
Janeites rejoice! Lady Susan is a winner. I've been saving this for a rainy day and today it rained. I had a difference of opinion with a new goodreads friend who wrote that she found Austen's endings to be predictable.(view spoiler) Well Traveller, take a trip with Lady Susan because she's a lot of things, but predictable she's not. Lady (aka Saucy) Susan, is a recent widow who ...more
Oh Lady Susan, you minx, you. You delight in causing misery in others while pitying yourself when they go contrary to your designs. Not very nice. Not nice at all.

This was another delightful Austen story. This was written as an epistolary novel, and we essentially get the full picture from everyone's differing views. Jane has a way with descriptions so that you feel like you're sitting right there, writing the letter, or maybe reading it over the writer's shoulder, or maybe the recipient. I lov
I can understand why this Jane Austen novel isn't as famous as most of her other ones. It just isn't as good as her other novels.

This book follows Lady Susan Vernon, her daugther Frederica and her sister-in-law Mrs Vernon; and it is the first time with a Jane Austen novel that i find myself cheering for the downfall of the lead character.

What bothered me the most about this book is not so much the story or the characters, but the method she used to write this book: via letters. We get to see let
Muy sarcástico y muy entretenido.
Me sorprendió Lady Susan, tremenda bruja se mandó Jane con ese personaje. Buenísimo, el personaje más despreciable de Austen me parece. Tiene varios con complejo de bruja, pero manipuladores e insensibles como esta señora ninguno!
Damla Ü.
Jane Austen'ın ömrünün vefa etmesini ve daha çok kitap yazmasını o kadar isterdim ki. Zekasını bu kadar takdir ettiğim ve üslubuna bayıldığım başka bir yazar yok. Leydi Susan bol entrikalı, eğlenceli, bir oturuşta bitirilecek bir kitap. Aşk ve Arkadaşlık'taki gibi karakterlerin birbirlerine yazdıkları mektuplar yoluyla ilerliyor. Diğer romanlarının aksine ana karakterimiz Leydi Susan fettanlığın tam karşılığı. Bu da hoş bir farklılık olmuş. Sonunda bir şey daha beklerdim sadece, onun dışında Jan ...more
Abigail Bok
Imagine a Jane Austen heroine who is not a young virgin, but rather a recent widow in her thirties, in the midst of an affair with a married man. Imagine her at the same time scheming to separate another woman from the man she loves so that she can maneuver him into marrying her own daughter against her will. Doesn’t sound very Austenesque? Well, this is Jane Austen, the early edition.

In 1793 and 1794, when Austen was still in her teens, she penned a novelette in letters that is known today as L
contains spoilers

Manipulation at its Finest

Do not think me unkind for such an exercise of my power...

Lady Susan would not have things any way other than hers. She has powers. She knows how to exert them on others, and she does not prevent herself the glory emanating from them no matter how ill-used they are. She does not care about anything or anyone other than herself, and she is ready to sacrifice anyone to fulfill her aims, which are either directed toward greed, glory, or feeding her pride
I'll join fellow reviewers in warning potential readers that the romance in Lady Susan is minimal. It's the Austen least likely to make you swoon (did I just use the word 'swoon'?! I really have been reading too many classics lately!), but in many ways I think Lady Susan features Jane Austen at her most purely clever, sharp and satirical.

As others have noted, the book takes place entirely in the form of letters that various characters exchange, but rest assured that there's still a lot of Austen
Chiara Pagliochini
"Romanzo epistolare che vede al centro la figura di Lady Susan, vedova ancora giovane, affascinante e amante dei raggiri, la cui massima aspirazione è piegare tutti gli uomini che incontra alla sua volontà. Mr Manwaring, Sir James e Reginald De Courcy sono solo alcuni della lista. Offuscata dalla sua ombra è la figlia Frederica, che la madre si impegna a denigrare con ogni mezzo. Ma la scaltrezza di altre donne che hanno compreso la vera natura di Lady Susan restituirà a ciascun personaggio il g ...more
E. Chainey (Bookowski)
İşte bu! Beklenen kitap geldi...
Moonlight Reader
I am a woefully underread Janite, as it turns out. Sure, I've read the big six - her half-dozen beautifully written novels - many times. But in all of the years I've been reading Austen, I had never ventured into her other, sadly scarce, works. Laziness, maybe. Haughtiness, maybe. I'd read the best, why would I go backwards from there?

Well, at least in the case of Lady Susan, because it was freaking awesome. This is Jane Austen at the beginning of her career - rumor has it that she wrote Lady Su
Lady Susan is not your typical Jane Austen’s character, she is actually quite despicable, an anti-heroine, who lies and schemes.
I didn’t expect this, as usually Jane Austen’s protagonists are good and honest, but I have to say it made this short story interesting.
However the book has its happy ending… at least for some of the characters.

This is a quick, easy, and interesting read. I like that this is formatted as a series of letters because it allows for multiple people to have a first person POV.


As with many books, I am forced to listen to books because Bubble Guppies and Minions Rush are very distracting. The Audible version that I thought was for Immersion Reading was narrated by an American. Call it snobby if you want to, but I just can't listen to a Jane Austen novel/novella that is being narrated in anything o
Lady Susan makes me think of Lee Radziwill, who takes comfort in the cold-blooded sport of carnal manners even when her husby is bumping junk at an Other Bar.

Age 35 or so, Lady S has a sexual-social allure, along w a young daughter. To support a life-style, she's an intrigante. She's not trying to join any club, rather she's a member already who, you might say, cheats at cards. Milady has no pointless badness. Her badness, like her selfishness, has a purpose. (Very Lee).

This early novella, based
Inspired Kathy
And I thought the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was such an original book. Little did I know Jane Austen wrote a book solely in letters long ago. This book is quite short, less than 80 pages. An easy, enjoyable, one sitting read.
Ron Nie
Lady Susan is Machiavelli in a bonnet.
She's a mean, selfish, manipulative milf - and good god is she fun to read.
This is a super short lil novella (50 ish pages or so) about the aforementioned Lady Susan's many and sundry love affairs, but which finds its center in Susan's good natured 16 year old daughter Frederica. Frederica is the Luke Skywalker to Lady Susan's Darth Vader: almost sickeningly sweet, so kind and earnest, the classical heroine of a sentimental novel.
The plot really sets into
An early work that is outrageously fun and artfully melodramatic

Jane Austen’s epistolary novel Lady Susan has never received much attention in comparison to her other six major novels. It is a short piece, only 70 pages in my edition of The Oxford Illustrated Jane Austen: Minor Works containing forty-one letters and a conclusion. Scholars estimate that it was written between 1793-4 when the young author was in her late teens and represents her first attempts to write in the epistolary format pop
I, who has spent many years making mockery of all things Jane Austen, am afraid I must admit to having enjoyed this book. I actually have never managed to make it through a single Jane Austen book, although I've started Pride and Prejudice about 50 times I just couldn't get into it.

So, what changed, you may ask? Well, I found myself with a library fee and needing a new book. I can download audiobooks from the library without paying the fee, so I started perusing the selection. It's quite limite
Am I being objective in my rating of this book? I don't think so. I am bringing in my biases about how I perceive the world ought to be.

I found the protagonist, Lady Susan to be a horrid person, and I suppose the author achieved what she had set out to do. The genius of the author however, is in the fact that she's left me questioning about whether this is the unequivocally case. She seems to be driven by her desire to be sufficiently provided for in a world where it was really difficult for a
Ana Rînceanu
Our heroine on this occasion is Lady Susan, a widow with schemes to marry off her daughter and remarry a younger, well-off man, while flirting and submitting to her will whomever she fancies. What a flirt! Lovely and ruthless in a somewhat comical fashion, she knows the power of eloquence and whitt on someone's perception. Her actions do have consequences so ultimately she must(temporarily) retreat and strategize a new approach. After all, Facts are such horrid things!

I think this could have ea
**Part I of my 2015 Austen Re-Read-A-Thon**

I'm not sure Lady Susan ought to be graded...I mean, it's Austen first attempt at a book, and it was likely finished sometime around 1793-1795, when she was between 17 and 19 years old. Grading her novel would be a bit like my grading one of my Senior students' creative writing pieces...necessary, but not definitive.

Maybe I want to spare my beloved Jane the bad news that I don't think her experiment with the epistolary novel format works. Telling an alr
Bizim pembe dizilerin Ingiliz versiyonu. Karakter Hurrem Sultan tadinda, entrikalari da bir o kadar aynı. Zamanina gore degerlendirdigimizde harika bir anlatim. Jane Austen tam bir yetenek bana sorarsaniz.
I was a bit confused at the beginning because we didn't get the usual descriptions of the characters and because it was within a family, a lot them shared the same last name and the recipients of the letters melted into one. But once I got a few letter in, it was really good.

I liked that Lady Susan was completely different from the typical Austen heroine. She really did what she wanted and didn't hesitate to get everything. She was a bit cruel and inconsiderate, but I really liked that about her
I'm a little intimidated to be reviewing a Jane Austen book, to be honest, because not everything I have to say about this book is glowing and that just seems almost blasphemous. This should be interesting.

I can't say that this is one of Austen's greatest works or that it's a pity that it isn't more widely read. However, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I had read somewhere that this book was Austen's first attempt at a full length novel and she was still trying to discover her vo
Obviously no SPOILERS in this review. Just…weird and random thoughts of someone who should be working now but instead read a book and decided that it’s time to write a review about it.“Lady Susan” is quite an interesting little book. I call this little in comparison with other Austen works such as P&P, S&S or Emma. This one I read faster than I managed to understand what is happening and I wasn’t even reading in… well most convenient place (unless you call your practice where you need to ...more
Apr 15, 2014 Lourdes rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amantes de las telenovelas y de la ironía
Recommended to Lourdes by: Yani

Jane Austen dijo una vez que Emma Woodhouse, la protagonista de su novela Emma, sería quizás la heroína menos querida por sus lectores, debido a la presunción y al carácter caprichoso del personaje. Con el perdón de la autora, me tomo la libertad de disentir: no recuerdo haber leído, en toda mi vida, un libro cuya protagonista fuese tan mala persona como Lady Susan. Jamás. Ninguna tan falsa, manipuladora y egoísta, y sin posibildad alguna de redención. Pese a todo (y eso es lo increíble del caso
Huma Rashid
This novelette was FANTASTIC. I chose it initially because it seemed like a good train read: short and light. I hate lugging thick books around to read on the train. Sorry, Brothers Karamazov, you stay on my shelf. I've always been a fan of Jane Austen - not because I think her writing is particularly stellar (I reserve that high honor for writers like E.M. Forster and Hemingway and half the time, Melville), and not because I am all about love stories with happy endings.

I've always been a Jane
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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
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