Nov 152009

Jane Austen’s Epistolary Novel “Lady Susan” Revisited and Modified

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Giveaway Win

(Note: This review is coming from the perspective of someone who has not yet had the pleasure of reading Lady Susan.)

Lady Susan and Sense and Sensibility are alike in that they were both originally epistolary novels. However, the difference is that Sense and Sensibility, was later revised and redrafted by Jane Austen and Lady Susan was not. Why Jane Austen never returned to Lady Susan is not known: Did she consider Lady Susan as part of her Juvenilia? Did she have more pressing projects needing her attention? Or did she feel that it was too deficient or immature a work? Whatever the reason, Austen never returned to Lady Susan either to revise it or to publish it. Furthermore, until now, this work has been left untouched by many and Austen-Inspired authors. Continue reading »