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Persuasion is one of Jane Austen's masterpieces. The last fully written novel she ever published, Persuasion was published in 1817 after her death. It is the culmination of Austen's many years of writing. This lovely novel gives readers fully-fleshed glimpses into the protagonist's psyche. It has been adapted numerous times into movies, TV series, and plays.
In this story, we follow Anne Elliot, a spinster of twenty-seven years who has to move with her family in hopes of reducing their debt by renting their home to a naval Admiral and his wife. As it turns out, the brother of the wife is Anne's long-lost love. They were engaged seven years prior, but Anne was persuaded to break the engagement by her family because he was a "poor naval officer of no prospects."
"How quick come the reasons for approving what we like."
Now a rich officer, Wenworth seems to not have forgiven Anne for breaking off their engagement. What will happen between them? Will their love be rekindled or is the animosity too strong? Read this edition and find out!
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About the Author
Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry. She was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading. The steadfast support of her family was critical to her development as a professional writer. From her teenage years into her thirties she experimented with various literary forms, including an epistolary novel which she then abandoned, wrote and extensively revised three major novels and began a fourth. From 1811 until 1816, with the release of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815), she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began a third, which was eventually titled Sanditon, but died before completing it.
Austen's works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century realism. Her plots, though fundamentally comic, highlight the dependence of women on marriage to secure social standing and economic security. Her works, though usually popular, were first published anonymously and brought her little personal fame and only a few positive reviews during her lifetime, but the publication in 1869 of her nephew's A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced her to a wider public, and by the 1940s she had become widely accepted in academia as a great English writer. The second half of the 20th century saw a proliferation of Austen scholarship and the emergence of a Janeite fan culture.
Date of Birth:December 16, 1775
Date of Death:July 18, 1817
Place of Birth:Village of Steventon in Hampshire, England
Place of Death:Winchester, Hampshire, England
Education:Taught at home by her father