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Austen's "most wicked tale," Lady Susan is a short epistolary novel by Jane Austen, possibly written in 1794 but not published until 1871. Lady Susan is a selfish, attractive woman, who tries to trap the best possible husband while maintaining a relationship with a married man. She subverts all the standards of the romantic novel; she has an active role, she's not only beautiful but intelligent and witty, and her suitors are significantly younger than she is.
Inspired by Les Liaisons Dangereuses
, and written in a similar epistolary form, Lady Susan
is one of Jane Austens earliest finished works. In it, she reveals all the caustic wit and brilliant social satire of her later novellas.
The victim of a vicious scandal, the impoverished Lady Susan is obliged to take up residence with her brother-in-law and his family. Refusing to resign herself to the role of placid houseguest, she conspires to baffle her hosts, seducing her sister-in-laws brother in the process by means of her impeccable gentility and some well-judged flirtation. Yet before her victory is complete, she must first contend with the untimely appearance of a former lover. The author of Pride and Prejudice and Emma, Jane Austen (17751817) is one of the best-loved novelists of all time.