Oct 172018
 

Women of Sense, Strength, and Substance

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Editor

OVERVIEW:

With two brilliant and beautifully-crafted short-story anthologies – one devoted to Mr. Darcy and one all about Jane Austen’s bad boys – already under her belt, editor Christina Boyd has decided to create a collection that solely spotlights some of Jane Austen’s female characters. And instead of focusing on just one character, like Elizabeth Bennet, or the main heroine of each tale, this collection spotlights sixteen different female characters from various Jane Austen works. Some of the characters featured are well-known and beloved heroines like Anne Elliot and Marianne Dashwood, some are less favored heroines like Fanny Price and Emma Woodhouse, some are popular secondary characters such as Charlotte Lucas and Elinor Tilney, and some are more unexpected choices like Louisa Musgrove, Penelope Clay, and Lady Susan (love that Lady Susan is included!). But what unites all these characters (and their stories in this collection) is that they are women of sense (sometimes lately developed or hidden), strength (although they may doubt it at times) and undeniable substance.

“In Austen’s fictional world, a single woman in possession of good intellect, must be in want of a man who recognizes its value.” – Devoney Looser (Foreword to Rational Creatures) Continue reading »

Jun 202016
 

Love and FriendshipLady Susan by “A Partial, Prejudiced, and Ignorant Historian”

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Source: Review Copy from Publisher

(Note: This review is coming from the perspective of someone who has not yet had the pleasure of seeing the movie, Love and Friendship, but has previously read Jane Austen’s epistolary novel, Lady Susan.)

TYPE OF AUSTENESQUE NOVEL: Retelling, Epistolary Novel

SETTING: England, 1794 (Surrey, Kent, and London to be specific)

MAIN CHARACTERS: Lady Susan Vernon, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Vernon, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, Miss Frederica Vernon, Mr. Reginald DeCourcy, Sir James Martin, The Spinster Authoress, and our narrator – Rufus Martin-Colonna de Cesari-Rocca Continue reading »

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 »