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First published in 1818, Persuasion was Jane Austen's last work. Its mellow character and autumnal tone have long made it a favorite with Austen readers. Set in Somersetshire and Bath, the novel revolves around the lives and love affair of Sir Walter Elliot, his daughters Elizabeth, Anne, and Mary, and various in-laws, friends, suitors, and other characters, In Anne Elliot, the author created perhaps her sweetest, most appealing heroine.

At the center of the novel is Anne's thwarted romance with Captain Frederick Wentworth, a navy man Anne met and fell in love with when she was 19. At the time, Wentworth was deemed an unsuitable match and Anne was forced to break off the relationship. Eight years later, however, they meet again. By this time Captain Wentworth has made his fortune in the navy and is an attractive "catch." However, Anne is now uncertain about his feelings for her. But after various twists and turns of fortune, the novel ends on a happy note.

In Persuasion, as in such novels as Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma, Austen limned the plight of young women who could escape the constraints of family life only by marrying, and suggest the foolishness of women who believed they were free and not dependent on the financial and social resources of men. At the same time, Persuasion offers an ironic and subtle paean to the true love that enables one woman to rise above straitened economic circumstances and the stifling social conventions that restricted women to narrowly circumscribed lives in the common sitting room.

Sure to appeal to admirers of Jane Austen, Persuasion will delight any reader with its finely drawn characters, gentle satire, and charming re-creation of the genteel world of the 19th-century English countryside.

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Thwarted romance between Anne Elliot (Austen's sweetest, most appealing heroine) and Captain Frederick Wentworth. Finely drawn characters, gentle satire, genteel life in the English countryside.

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Austen's last novel is the crowning achievement of her matchless career. Her heroine, Anne Elliot, a woman of integrity, breeding and great depth of emotion, stands in stark contrast to the brutality and hypocrisy of Regency England. Includes a new Introduction by Margaret Drabble, famed novelist and editor of The Oxford Companion to the English Language.

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leslieluvzbooks, January 28, 2012 (view all comments by leslieluvzbooks)
Persuasion is an excellent novel, Jane Austen's best. I thoroughly loved reading and experiencing Anne's trials along with her, as she carefully maintained her moral purity throughout the course of some very trying situations. Anne Elliot strikes me as one of the more docile of Jane Austen's women. She is not headstrong like Elizabeth Bennet, nor immature like Emma Woodhouse. Instead, she is quiet, amiable, unconditionally loving regardless of whether she receives love in return, and perpetually thinking as well of everyone as she can. This is an enchanting tale of heartbreak, faithfulness, acceptance, and forgiveness.
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mosey_moo222, May 15, 2011 (view all comments by mosey_moo222)
As I sit here, sipping my Diet Coke, wishing I had a normal one, and listening to Santeria, I prepare to write my opinion publicly concerning a novel I chose to read as an assignment in my AP Literature class, and all I can think is how much I regret only having had time to read it once. Jane Austen’s Persuasion is a beautifully crafted piece of literature that takes focus to read, but can pluck a heart string or two when fully immersed.
I could give a million quoted examples of how she uses words to create feelings and a tone for readers. The formality of her diction made me feel like I was in 17th century England among barons and lords. She chooses the exact right word for every situation to make readers feel how she wants them to. On a quest for symbols, I discovered that the weather was used to foreshadow disadvantageous events, as it is by many great writers.
As for a story line summary, this novel follows Anne Elliot, the shyest daughter of three, whose mother died and whose father soon after began a pattern of extravagant living that drained their finances and has now forced them to rent out their beloved home of Kellynch-hall in Somersetshire and move themselves to Bath. Anne soon finds that the renters are related to her lost love, Frederick Wentworth, who she was persuaded to reject by both her family and Lady Russell, a close family friend, because he was simply not wealthy enough for their taste. It turns out that after the war, Frederick came home as Captain Wentworth with a huge amount of money and an equal amount of bitterness towards Anne for breaking his heart. I will not ruin the ending, as their paths cross countless times throughout the novel, but I will say that I researched this novel before I picked it because after a year or so of doom and gloom in all of the books I was assigned, I wanted one with a happy ending.
The themes in her work are applicable to everyday life, no matter what time period. Their financial issues can be sympathized with by a majority of people during this recession, and any couple can understand conflict and forgiveness in a relationship. To an extent, the customs between families are seen in day-to-day life; we may not be as formal, but a friend or family connection can still get you far.
The idea that moved me the most about this text was the specificity that Austen follows to the female mind. Instead of one event happening after the other, she puts detail into every action, even those as small as a look or the development of a feeling or thought that is preceded by a realization of some sort. The paragraph of detail that follows each action is exactly what the intelligent, analytical female mind goes through in a split second. The fact that reading it takes longer than processing it does gives the reading a slow feeling, but the wondrous and vast detail that is put into each thought is too fascinating to feel bogged down.
Now that my Diet Coke is regrettably gone, I am forced to conclude this analysis of Persuasion. The diction, themes, plot, and ideas all impacted me in a positive way and were a delight to soak in. Though it is difficult to get into this novel when distracted, the lessons learned by the end of the read are well worth it and the sudden flurries of romance keep the mood light enough to keep one craving more.
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mosey_moo222, May 15, 2011 (view all comments by mosey_moo222)
As I sit here, sipping my Diet Coke, wishing I had a normal one, and listening to Santeria, I prepare to write my opinion publicly concerning a novel I chose to read as an assignment in my AP Literature class, and all I can think is how much I regret only having had time to read it once. Jane Austen’s Persuasion is a beautifully crafted piece of literature that takes focus to read, but can pluck a heart string or two when fully immersed.
I could give a million quoted examples of how she uses words to create feelings and a tone for readers. The formality of her diction made me feel like I was in 17th century England among barons and lords. She chooses the exact right word for every situation to make readers feel how she wants them to. On a quest for symbols, I discovered that the weather was used to foreshadow disadvantageous events, as it is by many great writers.
As for a story line summary, this novel follows Anne Elliot, the shyest daughter of three, whose mother died and whose father soon after began a pattern of extravagant living that drained their finances and has now forced them to rent out their beloved home of Kellynch-hall in Somersetshire and move themselves to Bath. Anne soon finds that the renters are related to her lost love, Frederick Wentworth, who she was persuaded to reject by both her family and Lady Russell, a close family friend, because he was simply not wealthy enough for their taste. It turns out that after the war, Frederick came home as Captain Wentworth with a huge amount of money and an equal amount of bitterness towards Anne for breaking his heart. I will not ruin the ending, as their paths cross countless times throughout the novel, but I will say that I researched this novel before I picked it because after a year or so of doom and gloom in all of the books I was assigned, I wanted one with a happy ending.
The themes in her work are applicable to everyday life, no matter what time period. Their financial issues can be sympathized with by a majority of people during this recession, and any couple can understand conflict and forgiveness in a relationship. To an extent, the customs between families are seen in day-to-day life; we may not be as formal, but a friend or family connection can still get you far.
The idea that moved me the most about this text was the specificity that Austen follows to the female mind. Instead of one event happening after the other, she puts detail into every action, even those as small as a look or the development of a feeling or thought that is preceded by a realization of some sort. The paragraph of detail that follows each action is exactly what the intelligent, analytical female mind goes through in a split second. The fact that reading it takes longer than processing it does gives the reading a slow feeling, but the wondrous and vast detail that is put into each thought is too fascinating to feel bogged down.
Now that my Diet Coke is regrettably gone, I am forced to conclude this analysis of Persuasion. The diction, themes, plot, and ideas all impacted me in a positive way and were a delight to soak in. Though it is difficult to get into this novel when distracted, the lessons learned by the end of the read are well worth it and the sudden flurries of romance keep the mood light enough to keep one craving more.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780486295558
Author:
Austen, Jane
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
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Author:
Jane Aus
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Dover Thrift Editions
Location:
Mineola, N.Y. :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Man-woman relationships
Subject:
England
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Upper class
Subject:
Young women -- England -- Fiction.
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Thrift Editions
Series Volume:
034
Publication Date:
19970431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 6
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.19 n 0.36 lb
Age Level:
from 11

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Thwarted romance between Anne Elliot (Austen's sweetest, most appealing heroine) and Captain Frederick Wentworth. Finely drawn characters, gentle satire, genteel life in the English countryside.

"Synopsis" by , Austen's last novel is the crowning achievement of her matchless career. Her heroine, Anne Elliot, a woman of integrity, breeding and great depth of emotion, stands in stark contrast to the brutality and hypocrisy of Regency England. Includes a new Introduction by Margaret Drabble, famed novelist and editor of The Oxford Companion to the English Language.
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