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If you love Jane Austen, you have to read two of her lesser known stories, Lady Susan & Love and Freindship! You will adore the manipulation, drama, betrayal and blatant misspellings.
Lady Susan by Jane Austen (1871, posthumous)
This novella, written in the form of an exchange of letters, portrays an amoral personality who would be termed a "psychopath" in modern jargon -- that is, someone who doesn't believe that any laws or rules of conduct apply to themselves. The recently-widowed Lady Susan Vernon is determined to make financially attractive marriages for both herself and her shy and intimidated teenaged daughter Frederica; Lady Susan wavers as to her course of action, but is always ready to lie and pretend to be inoffensive and humble, in order to get her way. Aside from its interest as a character study, Lady Susan is the only time that Jane Austen deals with the decadent London high society of the day (now loosely called "Regency"). (Summary from pemberley.com)
After you enjoy the book, you can watch the movie!
2016 Love & Friendship, a movie starring Kate Beckinsale
(The movie Lady Susan borrowed the title from Jane Austen's earlier story, Love and Freindship.)
Love and Freindship by Jane Austen (1790)
Love and Freindship [sic] is a juvenile story by Jane Austen. Love and Freindship is thought to be one of the tales she wrote for the amusement of her family. The installments, written as letters from the heroine Laura, to Marianne, the daughter of her friend Isabel, may have come about as nightly readings by the young Jane in the Austen home. Love and Freindship (the misspelling is one of many in the story) is clearly a parody of romantic novels Austen read as a child. This is clear even from the subtitle, "Deceived in Freindship and Betrayed in Love", which undercuts the title. (Summary by Wikipedia)
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