• Jane Austen's Lady Susan

  • By: Emily Allen
  • Narrated by: Emily Allen
  • Length: 30 mins
  • Miscellaneous
  • Release date: 06-15-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: The Great Courses
  • 5 out of 5 stars 5.0 (1 rating)

Regular price: $1.37

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
Select or Add a new payment method

Buy Now with 1 Credit

By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Buy Now for $1.37

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice. Taxes where applicable.

Publisher's Summary

Jane Austen writing an “improper” novel? Find out why her overlooked Lady Susan, which depicts the exploits of England’s worst coquette, is worth experiencing; how its presence fits in the larger context of the 18th-century novel’s development; and why it can be considered Austen’s literary “road not taken.”
©2012 The Great Courses (P)2012 The Great Courses
Show More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful
5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-30-17

The Best Great Courses Lecture I've Come Across

Would you listen to Jane Austen's Lady Susan again? Why?

I would absolutely listen to this lecture again. This is an informative, insightful take on Austen's short epistolary novel Lady Susan. Allen's performance is engaging, and I was surprised by a lot of what I learned. Highly recommend!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Jane Austen's Lady Susan?

I completely agreed with Allen's take on Lady Susan as a lovable villain. She charms the reader as easily as she charms her acquaintances with wit, cunning, and humor, despite her compromised moral compass. I also enjoyed Allen's emphasis on Lady Susan as a female-driven work. Not only is Lady Susan smarter than everyone else in the novel combined, the men are mostly clueless and peripheral.

Which scene was your favorite?

Allen's speculation on how Austen's career (and 19th century Brit Lit generally) would have differed if she'd published Lady Susan when written was especially interesting.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to this lecture in one sitting and would have listened to much more! I will be looking up Allen's other lectures.

Read More Hide me

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

See all Reviews
© Copyright 1997 - 2018 Audible, Inc