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Lady Susan

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  11,165 ratings  ·  956 reviews
My Dear Brother, -- 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 frie ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1791)
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
As with any Austen work, calling Lady Susan a "romance" is to court controversy. This is because the title character doesn't have a romantic bone in her body, and she --- along with just about every other female character --- regards courtship and marriage as less a search for True Love and happiness and more as a woman's only way to provide for herself and, eventually, her daughters.

Lady Susan is more frankly mercenary than any other Austen character, and she is not facing down the spectre of p
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 popular with many authors at that time. In 1805, she transcribed a ...more
Giant Bolster
I don’t know why it took me, a self-professed Austen fan, so long to discover this posthumously published but complete (unlike The Watsons or Sandition) novel of Jane Austen’s. Written in the epistolary form, it is a wickedly fun sketch of how a woman of loose and unscrupulous morals triumphs despite her detractors precisely because their stringent code of social conduct does not allow them to overtly reject her and circumvent her, no matter how much they may criticise her behind her back. For ...more
Lady Susan: tutti quanti la considerano un'odiosa stronza un po' zoccola. E, poiché siamo in un libro della Austen, le sue stesse lettere non la sconfessano, anzi, Lady Susan dimostra di essere un'odiosa stronza enormemente zoccola.
Per farla breve: godibile romanzetto epistolare da leggere in poco più di un'ora, con una protagonista più politically uncorrect che mai e il solito stuolo di donnette incolori e blaterone e di uomini senza palle.

Per quel che costa il Live Newton, è senz'altro consig
Lady Susan è sicuramente la più antipatica delle protagoniste austeniane. Amante dei raggiri e della vita mondana, mette davanti i suoi interessi anche a discapito della felicità della figlia, una ragazzina di 16 anni che "sua signoria" non smette mai di denigrare.

Gli uomini, circuiti ripetutamente dall'ottima parlantina e dalla bellezza della protagonista, vengono rappresentati come dei babbioni facili da manipolare a piacimento.

Forse non al livello degli altri romanzi della Austen ma è stata
Holy Cow, this read like an episode of Dynasty! Lady Susan (Joan Collins) is such an unqualified b*tch! Her manipulations were hilarious and appalling at the same time. And her sister-in-law, Catherine Vernon (Linda Whatshername), was as nice and honest as Lady Susan was deceitful and vicious. Ceridwen described Lady Susan as a sociopath and on this we are agreed. What a nutter! But it does have a happy ending and I was glad to know that it all worked out.
This novella, written by Jane Austen, is in the form of letters exchanged between the main characters. A quite different style of this British author but really enjoyable.

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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
Quite different from what I have read of Austen's other works. This was short but highly entertaining. I enjoyed the epistolary form of the novel which lends the narrative a nice and easy flow. The titular character is not your typical lead heroine; she is rather the stereotypical coquettish widow. Although I have to say that the self-serving and manipulative anti-heroine appears to me as very true to life. I could completely relate to Mrs. Vernon's horror of Lady Susan's exceptional skills to d ...more
Amy Wilder
It's not a bad story, but it's clearly for someone who is scraping the bottom of the Jane Austen barrel, hoping for one more fix. I clearly need to move on and try to find her reincarnation - this person must exist - like the Dalai Lama, Jane Austen must be reborn in each generation.

Lady Susan is a manipulative woman in search of a fortune - read: gold-digga. Her daughter is the heroine of the story, but the story suffers from the heroine being off-stage for the better part of the novel.

Once the
" character, however upright, can escape the malevolence of slander."

I can see why Whit Stillman is reportedly developing this as his next film: a Victorian* "Real Housewives," "Lady Susan" illustrates why Jane Austen is a timeless talent and treasure. The titular lead is viewed as a scheming, man-eating diva by her society friends. And while she is scheming, Susan is certainly not the man-eater she is viewed as. Sure, she is keeping two men at once, one of whom is married. But it does take
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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.

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“There is exquisite pleasure in subduing an insolent spirit, in making a person pre-determined to dislike, acknowledge one's superiority.
- Lady Susan”
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