Friday, 7 December 2012
Lady Susan by Jane Austin
One of her 'minor works', Lady Susan is very different in style and content from the main Austin novels. It's fun and irreverent, and the main character, Lady Susan is delightfully scandalous. Written as a series of letters between the main characters, Jane Austin develops her characters and simple plot wonderfully. It isn't a particularly long story - as she says herself, it would be ridiculous to continue the correspondence once several of the characters meet up. I'm not aware that it's been made into a film, but I think it would be fascinating to see what a skilled playwright could do with the material provided. Unfortunately, given the nature of our society, it is unlikely someone could produce anything as subtle as Jane Austin's writing, and because of the attitudes of Lady Susan, any modern production would probably be X-rated.