Lesley Castle (Dramatic Reading)

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Lesley Castle is a melodramatic epistolary novelette written by Jane Austen when she was sixteen years old. Although the novels Austen became known for were not published until she was in her thirties, she was an active writer from the age of twelve, frequently composing epistolary works such as Lesley Castle. Austen eventually compiled 29 of her early writings in three notebooks that became known as the Juvenilia and that she called “Volume the First”, “Volume the Second”, and “Volume the Third”, including Lesley Castle in “Volume the Second”.
Lesley Castle is set contemporaneously to Austen’s writing and consists of a series of ten letters by five characters, all of whom are women of high society living in Great Britain. In this short work, Austen employs a mock serious tone to humorously critique her peers on subjects such as self-absorption and jealousy. Austen acknowledged in a prefatory note that she left Lesley Castle unfinished; it includes several interconnected storylines, but no overarching plot or clear conclusion. - Summary by David Purdy

Jane Austen: Michelle Purdy
Henry Thomas Austen: Jake Malizia
Margaret Lesley: Michele Eaton
Charlotte Lutterell: Kelly S. Taylor
Susan Lesley: Magda Wilde
Eloisa Lutterell: Amatullah Talks
Mrs. Marlowe: Joanna Michal Hoyt
William Fitzgerald: David Purdy
Mr. Lesley: Tomas Peter
Narrator: WillForbis
(1 hr 13 min)


Letter the First 7:34 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Letter the Second 9:19 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Letter the Third 7:51 Read by Michele Eaton
Letter the Fourth 8:30 Read by Kelly S. Taylor
Letter the Fifth 2:54 Read by Michele Eaton
Letter the Sixth 10:26 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Letter the Seventh 9:57 Read by LibriVox Volunteers
Letter the Eighth 4:07 Read by Amatullah Talks
Letter the Ninth 4:25 Read by Joanna Michal Hoyt
Letter the Tenth 8:55 Read by LibriVox Volunteers