Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon (Penguin Classics)
These three short works show Austen experimenting with a variety of different literary styles, from melodrama to satire, and exploring a range of social classes and settings. The early epistolary novel "Lady Susan" depicts an unscrupulous coquette, toying with the affections of several men. In... show more
These three short works show Austen experimenting with a variety of different literary styles, from melodrama to satire, and exploring a range of social classes and settings. The early epistolary novel "Lady Susan" depicts an unscrupulous coquette, toying with the affections of several men. In contrast, "The Watsons" is a delightful fragment, whose spirited heroine - Emma - finds her marriage opportunities limited by poverty and pride. Meanwhile "Sanditon", set in a seaside resort, offers a glorious cast of hypochondriacs and spectators, treated by Austen with both amusement and scepticism.
Publish date: 1975-03-30
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Classic Literature
, 19th Century
, Short Stories
This definitely shouldn't be your introduction to Jane Austen, and imagine it would only be picked up by avid fans like myself having read and reread her six mature completed novels and hungry for more. Lady Susan, which feels truncated, is a very early epistolary novel, and The Watsons was abandone...
I own editions of these works, but this particular collection is worth having for a reason that will make me sound like a wimp: the two unfinished novels, "The Watsons" and "Sanditon," are finally, blessedly broken up into paragraphs. They only exist in draft form, and previous editors have simply p...
It's a shame she did not get to complete either The Watsons or Sanditon. Sanditon, I had difficulty putting down and am particularly sorry she was unable to complete it.
I've had this tiny little volume on my shelf for quite some time. I've been saving it, you see, because it was my last new Austen. Even though I've read a good chunk of the classics for both my graduate and undergraduate degrees, Jane Austen's books remain the only classic literature that I have e...
Since this is three short works, I’ll tackle this individually.Lady Susan: While it’s different to have a novel mostly told through the perspective of a villain—I hesitate to use antagonist—this is really over-the-top. Lady Susan pettily laughs, her daughter sobs every five seconds, and everyone els...