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‘A Soirée with Lady Susan’ Wrap Up: Giveaway Winners Announced!

A Soiree with Lady Susan, September 1-14, 2009

“Whether Lady Susan was or was not happy in her second choice, I do not see how it can ever be ascertained; for who would take her assurance of it on either side of the question?”  

Ah – how true! The “Mistress of deceit” would never allude to any misgivings on her part, (well maybe to her confidant Mrs. Johnson if they are ever on friendly terms again) nor would her malleable new husband utter a whisper of complaint. If Lady Susan treats him as cruelly as her daughter, he will be as intimidated and amenable to her wishes as Frederica was. What I enjoyed most about this story was Austen’s youthful exuberance and unguarded candor. By the time she would re-work her next novel Elinor and Marianne into Sense and Sensibility in 1811, she would have refined her touch and approached the subjects of courtship, money and social position in a witty but reproachful way. Never again would a villainess like Lady Susan not be given her due by the end. We are fortunate that Lady Susan still survives. It is indeed a window into Jane Austen’s teenage mind, and a great counterbalance to her later works. 

This is my third novel event here at Austenprose, and this time out I had some help from great guest bloggers who added their expertise and humor to entertain us. A big thank you to author’s Jane Rubino and Caitlen Rubino-Bradway for their thoughts on Lady Susan and their new novel inspired by it, Lady Vernon and her Daughter, and Vic (Ms. Place) my co-blogger at Jane Austen Today and her own blog Jane Austen’s World for four great historical posts on Upper Seymour Street & Portman Square, and the Postal Service in 18th-century Britain. And of course, my thanks to all who read along and commented on the group read and other posts. It was a swell party! 


And now for the fun stuff! Here are all the winners of the 12 prizes. Congratulations to all, and many thanks to all who participated. 

Day 02 – Sep 02       NA, Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sandition – Bluestocking

Day 05 – Sep 05       Lady Susan, The Watsons and Sandition – mystrygirl87

Day 06 – Sep 06       Lady Susan (Audio) – Janeen, Bloggin BB, & Susan

Day 07 – Sep 07       Lady Vernon and her Daughter – Laura’s Reviews   

Day 09 – Sep 09        Oxf. Illus. Jane Austen: Minor Works – Fatima

Day 12 – Sep 12         Jane Austen: The Complete Novels  – Jenny  

Day 13 – Sep 13         Lady Susan, by Jane Austen (Dover Pub) – Marie Burton, Melly S, Midnight Cowgirl, & Becky                      

Winners – Your prompt reply is greatly appreciated. You have one week to claim your prize! Please e-mail me with your full name and address to (austenprose at verizon dot net) before Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009. If I do not receive a response by a winner by that date, I will draw another name and continue until all of the prizes have a home to mail them to. So sorry to my international participants, but shipment is via USP media mail to US addresses only. Thanks again to everyone for your great contributions. Congrats to the winners, and enjoy!

Adieu, my dearest Susan, I wish matters did not go so perversely. That unlucky visit to Langford! but I dare say you did all for the best, and there is no defying destiny. Mrs. Johnson, Letter 38 


13 thoughts on “‘A Soirée with Lady Susan’ Wrap Up: Giveaway Winners Announced!”

  1. Congratulations to all the winners! What a great amusement this soirée has been! Thanks to you LA!
    P.S. I’m going to post my journal of the soirée later on today. If you want to have a look… you’re welcome.


  2. Squealing! Cheering! Yahoo! Thank you, thank you! I am so excited to win the audio- day 6! This was such a fun event too because I learned so much about LS. Your blogs are the funnest classrooms around and you always have the best prizes to go with the challenges! Have a great day everyone and congratulations to all the other winners.


  3. heheh That’s so cool! I won something! However, it is a book that I already own. I guess I forgot to post not to enter me that day. If you would kindly pick a second for the day 2 prize I would be very happy!


      1. no problem at all! It was my fault for forgetting to say I had it! I snatch up books at thrift stores even if I already have copies of them and in the end I have so many duplicates even here. I will purge them all one day when I have enough readers to do my own giveaways! Until then they stay packed away! In cases like these I would rather t go to someone who doesn’t have the privledge of owning all of her works already! Now someone else is one step closer to a cmplete collection!


  4. A big hurrah to all the winners!

    Slightly sad to say adieu to this soiree, but looking forward to the next one, Laurel Ann. =)


  5. This makes my day!! Thank-you very much for the great giveaway. I can’t wait to read Lady Vernon and Her Daughter.

    I am sad the soiree is over too. I really enjoyed it and hope that there will be another one soon!


  6. Wow- A lovely volume and it’s got Hugh Thomson illustrations… as I’m not a US resident this is so unexpected.
    I own many Jane Austen books; LA, please pick a second receipient for the Day 12 prize.
    I appreciate the win, but really came for Lady Susan gossip and good company. :)
    Congradulations to all other winners. Cheers to everyone !
    Already looking forward to Laurel Ann’s next soiree, Sanditon, anyone ? ;-)

    Thanks be to our gracious hostess Laurel Ann, & to Vic (Ms. Place) for lovely history posts.


  7. Thank you! Thank you ! I am so excited to have won the audio book, and I really could use it too, instead of just adding another beautiful book to my collection. I truly enjoyed the soiree and am looking forward to the next!


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