Posted on 10/23/2020 at 08:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

You can (if you have a hefty book budget) read an entire Jane Austen novella in her own handwriting.

Lady Susan is the only Austen work whose entire draft survived into modern times; it’s an epistolary novel whose title character is a scandalous widow.

Historians believe that Austen began writing the book in the early 1790s, when she was in her late teens, but it wasn’t published until long after her death.

A publisher has released a replica of the handwritten draft, but as we hinted in the lead, it won’t come cheap … $180, to be exact.

So you may simply want to preview it on SP Books’s website.

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