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A tongue-in-cheek account of the exploits of Lady Susan that will captivate you from the very beginning. An utterly depraved character, the stunningly gorgeous widow is unlike Austens typical heroines. She is a devious person whose beauty allows her to act in extremely selfish ways. An epistolary novella, it splendidly showcases Austens literary genius.
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Renowned British novelist, Austen’s work is considered part of the Western canon. No other novelist has so concerned herself or himself with the trivial daily comedy of provincial family life. Her work is famous for its lucid and flowing prose style.Review:
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