Published posthumously with Northanger Abbey in 1817, Persuasion crowns Jane Austen’s remarkable career. It is her most passionate and introspective love story. This richly illustrated and annotated edition brings her last completed novel to life with previously unmatched vitality. In the same format that so rewarded readers of Pride and Prejudice: An Annotated Edition, it offers running commentary on the novel (conveniently placed alongside Austen’s text) to explain difficult words, allusions, and contexts, while bringing together critical observations and scholarship for an enhanced reading experience. The abundance of color illustrations allows the reader to see the characters, locations, clothing, and carriages of the novel, as well as the larger political and historical events that shape its action.
In his Introduction, distinguished scholar Robert Morrison examines the broken engagement between Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth, and the ways in which they wander from one another even as their enduring feelings draw them steadily back together. His notes constitute the most sustained critical commentary ever brought to bear on the novel and explicate its central conflicts as well as its relationship to Austen’s other works, and to those of her major contemporaries, including Lord Byron, Walter Scott, and Maria Edgeworth.
Specialists, Janeites, and first-time readers alike will treasure this annotated and beautifully illustrated edition, which does justice to the elegance and depth of Jane Austen’s time-bound and timeless story of loneliness, missed opportunities, and abiding love.
Robert Morrison is Queen’s National Scholar at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.
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
Taught at home by her father
What People are Saying About This
Readers who know Pride and Prejudice and Emma very well, can on encountering or re-encountering Austen's final novel find it disconcerting and disorienting. Fortunately, they are now well served by the thorough and thoughtful annotation in Persuasion: An Annotated Edition. Deidre Lynch, University of Toronto
Patricia Meyer Spacks
Robert Morrison's new annotated edition of Persuasion is terrific: thorough, scrupulous, and thoughtful. It is a worthy addition to the wonderful Harvard series of annotated volumes, likely to be long read and much enjoyed by Austen enthusiasts.
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A beautiful volume and a must own for any true Jane Austen fan!
More than 1 year ago
I just received this book recently after waiting for about 6 months since pre-ordering it here on B&N... I simply LOVE it!! The publisher had previously released its annotated edition of Pride & Prejudice, which I fell in love with immediately. As soon as I heard that this one was also being done by the same publisher, I immediately came to the B&N site to pre-order it. I'm SO glad I did - It is just wonderful!! I love the story itself, but all of the added illustrations & notes within the story makes it all the better! I read online that the publisher is going to do all 6 of the Austen novels in this same format... the next one, Sense & Sensibility, will be done by the editor that worked on the P&P edition, and I will definitely be adding it, and the remainder, to my collection!! :) If you love Jane Austen, or even only just this one story, you will absolutley LOVE this edition ;)
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