Persuasion

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OUP Oxford, Apr 17, 2008 - Fiction - 249 pages
Persuasion celebrates romantic constancy in an era of turbulent change. Written as the Napoleonic Wars were ending, the novel examines how a woman can at once remain faithful to her past and still move forward into the future. Anne Elliot seems to have given up on present happiness and has resigned herself to living off her memories. More than seven years earlier she complied with duty: persuaded to view the match as imprudent and improper, she broke off her engagement to a naval captain with neither fortune, ancestry, nor prospects. However, when peacetime arrives and brings the Navy home, and Anne encounters Captain Wentworth once more, she starts to believe in second chances. Jane Austen's last completed novel features a heroine much older and wiser than her predecessors in earlier books, and presents a more intimate and sober tale of a love found long after such happiness had been deemed hopeless. This edition includes an appendix giving the original ending of Persuasion.

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This was the last of Jane Austen's six for me, I'd read the other five 'in youth' as the saying is, but never picked up Persuasion. Then we stayed with friends in another city and there was a copy in ... Read full review

Contents

The Original Ending of Persuasion
204
Rank and Social Status
214
Dancing
219
Austen and the Navy
223
Textual Notes
227
Explanatory Notes
228
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Deidre Shauna Lynch is the author of The Economy of Character: Novels, Market Culture, and the Business of Inner Meaning (1998) and editor of Janeites: Austen's Disciples and Devotees (2000). an anthology of critical essays on the history of Austen's readerships.

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