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Persuasion is Jane Austen's last completed novel. She began it soon after she had finished Emma, completing it in August 1816. She died, aged 41, in 1817; Persuasion was published in December that... More > year (but dated 1818). Persuasion is connected with Northanger Abbey not only by the fact that the two books were originally bound up in one volume and published together two years later, but also because both stories are set partly in Bath, a fashionable city with which Jane Austen was well acquainted, having lived there from 1801 to 1805. (From Wikipedia)< Less
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Jane Austen (16 December 1775 – 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in... More > English literature. Her realism and biting social commentary has gained her historical importance among scholars and critics -wikipedia< Less
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Eight years ago, Anne Elliot fell in love with a poor but ambitious young naval officer, Frederick Wentworth. The Elliots, led by Sir Walter, Anne's father and lord of the family estate, were... More > dissatisfied with her choice, feeling he was not distinguished enough for their family; and her older friend and mentor, Lady Russell, acting in place of Anne's deceased mother, persuaded her to break off the match.< Less
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Published within the same volume set and at the same time (1818) as Northanger Abbey, Persuasion was Austen’s sixth and final full-scale novel. Anne Eliot provides the central character as a... More > woman in her late twenties who, some nine years previously, broke off an engagement to one Frederick Wentworth after being persuaded by her father that he was unsuited because of his limited prospects. The usual Austenian plot twists are employed so that Wentworth, Anne’s true love, may return happily rich to resolve the plot. Like its publishing partner, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion was issued without the kind of editorial flourishes favoured in Austen’s other books. However, it is different from her other novels by virtue of presenting a lead character who might be deemed past her prime, or at the least neglected on the marriage front. Some see this as a reflection on Austen’s own circumstances as a life-long spinster (who turned down a marriage proposal), but for whom the novel provides a better resolution.< Less
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Persuasion has novel characters set in a complex storyline with unexpected turns. Her novels center around young women and interesting, handsome men in various social situations in South England... More > where she lived. At times she showed an interest in men in uniform. In Pride and Prejudice it was men in the militia. In Persuasion it was men in the navy. She wrote from experience as she had a brother in the militia, and two brothers who served in the Royal Navy. As the story begins, at twenty-eight, Anne is still single and living under the wing of her father and her eldest sister. They set the tone for her day to day life: where she stays, where she goes, who she spends time with. This limits her chances to grow and develop. Circumstances are about to change.< Less
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Quality book, low price, print version of Jane Austen's classic in the original form. Persuasion is a story of Anne Elliot becoming a woman of her own, a story of romantic naval officers, their... More > wives, rich associates, and young débutantes. Behind every woman of substance is a little mystery; as Persuasion unfolds, Anne finds the answers to the mysteries of her heart and mind. This is a story by a mature thoughtful sensitive writer. However Jane's writing circumstances were not the best, she finished writing Persuasion within months of her death; it was the last novel she would finish.< Less
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It has been eight years since Anne Eliot took the advice of her friend, Lady Russel and refused to marry her sweetheart, the penniless Captain Wentworth. Anne resigns herself to living quietly at... More > home, surrounded by her fretful sisters and nonsensical father. But captain Wentworth has made his fortune at sea and has returned to England, where Anne is sure to meet him again. Now she must ask herself if she made the right decision, and if it is too late to alter it.< Less
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When Anne Elliot accepts a proposal of marriage from Frederick Wentworth, her rich father is sent into a range. She is persuaded to end the engagement. Eight years later, Wentworth returns to the... More > area having made a fortune in the Napoleonic Wars. Can Anne persuade him to marry her this time?< Less
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Sir Walter Elliot, of Kellynch Hall, in Somersetshire, was a man who, for his own amusement, never took up any book but the Baronetage; there he found occupation for an idle hour, and consolation in... More > a distressed one; there his faculties were roused into admiration and respect, by contemplating the limited remnant of the earliest patents; there any unwelcome sensations, arising from domestic affairs changed naturally into pity and contempt as he turned over the almost endless creations of the last century; and there, if every other leaf were powerless, he could read his own history with an interest which never failed. This was the page at which favourite volume always opened: "ELLIOT OF KELLYNCH HALL. Persuasion begins seven years after the heroine, Anne Elliot, has jilted her lover, Fredrick Wentworth, upon the request of a most beloved mother figure. Although at time of the refusal the man seems an inadequate match, the tables are now turned: as in most Austen novels-the girl is poor, the boy is rich..< Less
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Persuasion begins seven years after the heroine, Anne Elliot, has jilted her lover, Fredrick Wentworth, upon the request of a most beloved mother figure. Although at the time of the refusal the man... More > seems an inadequate match, the tables are now turned: as in most Austen novels--the girl is poor, the boy is rich. To add insult to injury, Anne’s father is going bankrupt and must rent his house to none other than Fredrick’s sister and brother-in-law, bringing Anne and Fredrick in contact again. Through twists and turns of jealousy, romance, poetry, rumors and a serious head injury, Anne and Fredrick always find themselves in uncomfortable situations that brew up old feelings (that were probably never lost). As Jane Austen’s last completed novel, some critics dismiss it as her darkest; however, others see it as her most honest and universal. Whatever your opinion, the whole novel is worth reading just for the letter (correspondence) in chapter twenty-three: it will make you melt.< Less
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