Unserious Austen by Adam Thirlwell at The New York Review of Books (May 27, 2016).
Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship novel can be purchased on amazon.
It’s a quieter, English-country-house-version of Les Liaisons Dangereuses—where a ruthless woman is humiliated. But in Stillman’s rendering, something has happened to its finale. True, Lady Susan is now married to Sir James Martin and Frederica is married to Reginald De Courcy. But in the original, it is Reginald who broke off the relationship with Lady Susan, when he discovered the extent of her duplicity. In Love & Friendship, it is Lady Susan’s decision. It is not humiliation, but quiet control. At one point, her confidante, Mrs. Johnson, observes to Lady Susan that in fact to marry Sir James herself would not be an irrational project, given her precarious financial position as a widow: “I would rather be married to my own husband than dependent on the hospitality of others.” Stillman’s Lady Susan will not be Blanche DuBois. Her stratagems can be appreciated not as immoralities but as moving pirouettes of social survival.
Originally Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship novel was set for release on the 17th of May in the USA, but you can get it now!
Whit Stillman is signing his new book, Love & Friendship: In Which Jane Austen’s Lady Susan Vernon Is Entirely Vindicated, at Book Soup.
Friday, May 6, 2016 – 3:00pm
8818 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
You have probably heard of Whit Stillman’s upcoming Love & Friendship novel, but before that, he wrote an adaptation of The Last Days of Disco. You can purchase it here.