Lady Susan ; The Watsons ; Sanditon

Lady Susan ; The Watsons ; Sanditon

Book - 1974
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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.
Publisher: Harmondsworth ; Baltimore : Penguin, 1974.
ISBN: 9780140431025
Branch Call Number: FICTION AUS
Additional Contributors: Drabble, Margaret 1939-
Alternative Title: Sanditon


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Apr 12, 2018

I was intrigued by the book with three shorts in it and I was not disappointed. I love reading Jane Austin for the feel of times long past and for the glimpses of what society looked like.
My love of historical research made "Lady Susan" a joy to read as the entire story is communicated through a series of letters with your imagination filling in the blanks. It was a perfect example of those hidden dialogues you suspect with ungenuine people, a thoroughly enjoyable read.
"The Watson's" I enjoyed just for the historical setting. Imagining the cottage, the societal balancing act, and the prospects of women of the age. But the good nature of Emma Watson makes you feel the truly good hearted.
"Standiton" for me was hard to get through because for me it just seemed like a drawn out saga of little plot. However, at some point in the future I would love to come back to it.

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