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Lady Susan

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Author: Jane Austen
Published: 1795
Language: English
Wordcount: 22,765 / 69 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 58.6
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 16,443 694

An epistolary novel.

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er increasing friendship for us since her husband's death that we should, at some future period, be obliged to receive her. Mr. Vernon, I think, was a great deal too kind to her when he was in Staffordshire; her behaviour to him, independent of her general character, has been so inexcusably artful and ungenerous since our marriage was first in agitation that no one less amiable and mild than himself could have overlooked it all; and though, as his brother's widow, and in narrow circumstances, it was proper to render her pecuniary assistance, I cannot help thinking his pressing invitation to her to visit us at Churchhill perfectly unnecessary. Disposed, however, as he always is to think the best of everyone, her display of grief, and professions of regret, and general resolutions of prudence, were sufficient to soften his heart and make him really confide in her sincerity; but, as for myself, I am still unconvinced, and plausibly as her ladyship has now written, I cannot make up my mind till I better understan

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.4 from 5 reviews: *****

Basis of the 2016 movie Love and Friendship. I enjoyed it.

Leah A. Zeldes

One of Austen's most arch comedies, this epistolary novel follows the machinations of Lady Susan Vernon, a widow of extreme attractiveness and few compunctions. An early work, published posthumously, "Lady Susan" is lighter weight and less complex than Austen's better-known books, but fun reading.


Very different than Jane Austen's other works, but none the less delightful.


An interesting epistolatory novel from Jane Austen. However, I must say that I do not like it as much as her other works.


I adore it



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