I read the novella Lady Susan and enjoyed it very much. This novella has been made into a film; however the film is actually entitled Love and Friendship. I also enjoyed reading the Introduction and the chronology and found them informative!
Forget all the sequels, prequels, and spin-offs. Never mind the sexual innuendos in Mr. Darcy Takes a Wife and the cartoon violence in Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. Throw out the mystery series starring Mr. and Mrs. Darcy (by Carrie Bebris) and the mystery series starring Jane herself (by Stephanie Barron). You don?t need the next best thing; there IS more Jane. When she died, Jane left several unpublished works. Two of these we know as Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, but the fragmentary Sanditon, the few chapters of The Watsons, and the novella Lady Susan showcase Jane at her finest. Sanditon begins with an overturned carriage, several gossipy chapters about the characters? lives, and ends just when the heroine becomes entangled in a romantic mystery. The Watsons features a young lady brought up by wealthy relations and shipped back to her poor family in the country?rather the opposite of Mansfield Park?s Fanny Price. Lady Susan is a sassy little tale about a man-hunting widow who wants her daughter to marry well?and herself to remarry even better. These fragments are almost as good as the real thing, and in them we get the Jane we know and love.
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