I had an idea for reviewing Jane Austen’s early work Lady Susan. This novel, unpublished in her lifetime, employed the practice, virtually outdated by the end of the 18th century, of writing fiction presented as a series of letters to and from various characters. Lady Susan‘s format is forty-one letters followed by an afterword. My idea was to review the novel using one of the 21st century’s equivalents of the handwritten epistle, namely a series of tweets on Twitter.
So: I’ve started the review on @calmgrove. A well-known supermarket has, as one of its slogans, “We regularly check competitor prices so you don’t have to.” The converse applies here: I’m not reviewing Lady Susan so you don’t have to read it. Tweets are not a substitute for the real thing. But they may whet your appetite.
Here’s the first tweet, to get you started. Note, they’re all going to be under 140 characters, so they may well turn out rather gnomic:
Lady Susan Vernon seems a nice woman: very family oriented, recently widowed, keen to have daughter well educated. What’s not to like? Hmm?
This is the edition I’m using: Northanger Abbey, Lady Susan, The Watsons, Sanditon in Oxford World’s Classics (2008).