224 pages, 7.78 × 5.05 × 0.51 in
March 30, 1975
Penguin Publishing Group
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0140431020
ISBN - 13: 9780140431025
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An excerpt from Lady Susan Letter 1 Lady Susan Vernon to Mr. Vernon Langford, DecemberMy dear brother,I can no longer refuse myself the pleasure of profiting by your kind invitation when we last parted, of spending some weeks with you at Churchill, and therefore if quite convenient to you and Mrs. Vernon to receive me at present, I shall hope within a few days to be introduced to a sister whom I have so long desired to be acquainted with. My kind friends here are most affectionately urgent with me to prolong my stay, but their hospitable and cheerful dispositions lead them too much into society for my present situation and state of mind; and I impatiently look forward to the hour when I shall be admitted into your delightful retirement. I long to be made known to your dear little children, in whose hearts I shall be very eager to secure an interest. I shall soon have occasion for all my fortitude, as I am on the point of separation from my own daughter. The long illness of her dear father prevented my paying her that attention which duty and affection equally dictated, and I have but too much reason to fear that the governess to whose care I cosigned her, was unequal to the charge. I have therefore resolved on placing her at one of the best private schools in town, where I shall have an opportunity of leaving her myself, in my way to you. I am determined you see, not to be denied admittance at Churchill. It would indeed give me most painful sensations to know that it were not
From the Publisher
Penguin Classics relaunch
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.
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‘She has poured forth her tender tale of love in vain and exposed herself forever to the contempt of the whole world’
These three short works show Jane 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 Watson finds her marriage opportunities restricted by poverty and pride. Written in the last months of her life, the uncompleted novel Sanditon is set in a newly established seaside resort, with a glorious cast of hypochondriacs and speculators and shows the author contemplating a changing society with a mixture of scepticism and amusement.
Margaret Drabble’ introduction examines these three works in the context of Jane Austen’s major novels and her life, and discusses the social background of her fiction. This edition features a new chronology.
About the Author
JANE AUSTEN (1775-1817) was very modest about her own achievements, but has become one of the most celebrated and well-loved writers in English literature. Her best-selling and most enduring novels include Pride and Prejudice and Emma.
MARGARET DRABBLE is a writer and critic, her most recent novel is The Peppered Moth.
From Our Editors
This collection brings together some of Jane Austen's least known works, and makes a wonderful addition to the collection of any literary buff. Lady Susan, unpublished during the author's lifetime, is a wickedly spirited romp through court life in the free-spoken 18th century. The Watsons is an unfinished novel centring on the prospects of two unwed sisters, and Sanditon, also unfinished, represents Austen's last and most artistically mature work, and is set at the turn of the 19th century. Perfect for both seasoned fans and for readers who want an introduction to the work of one of the greatest English novelists, Lady Susan/The Watsons/Sanditon is a wonderful collection.