Lady Susan (Paperback)

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"I am indeed provoked at the artifice of this unprincipled woman."

This high-spirited tale, told through an exchange of letters, is unique in Jane Austen's small body of work. It is the story of Lady Susan, a brilliant, beautiful and morally reprehensible coquette who delights in making men fall in love with her, deceiving their wives into friendship and even tormenting her own daughter, cruelly bending her to her will.

Austen clearly delighted in her wicked heroine—tracing Lady Susan's maneuverings to remarry yet continue on with her lover, and to marry off her young daughter, with great wit, zest and unfailing panache.

This little-known gem, Austen's only epistolary work, is perhaps both her funniest and bitchiest book.

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About the Author

Jane Austen (1775 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781935554356
ISBN-10: 1935554352
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication Date: March 8th, 2011
Pages: 84
Language: English