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Savagely funny early Jane Austen novel, told in a series of letters, about the stunningly manipulative fallen woman Lady Susan, who schemes for both herself and her daughter, the latter unwilling. Susan plays society's rules to their cynical limit and is not thanked for it.
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Barbara Linton on 6/19/2016 6:17:49 AM says: Lady Susan was written some time in the 1790s, when Austen was about 19 years old. It was written in epistolary format (told in letters or diaries) that was popular in the late 1700s. Lady Susan Vernon is a young widow with a teenage daughter. She has to leave the home of 'friends' because she was flirting with the husband, foists herself on her brother-in-law and his wife, begins to flirt with the wife's rich younger brother while attempting to marry off her daughter to a very rich but very frivolous gentleman. There is an ironic ending and a lot of dialogue that hints at the clever satire of Austen's more familiar novels. Lady Susan is charming and manipulative women, the type that Austen demotes to the supporting cast in books like Mansfield Park (Mary Crawford) or Sense and Sensibility (Lucy Steele). There have been several adaptations in book and stage form especially in the past decade or so.

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   seduction (yum!)    -   boatload of casual sex without love Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Lover is    -   of a different social class

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   wealthy Unusual characteristics:    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Weird Victorian/Shakespearean English?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   mostly dialog

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