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Persuasion
by Jane Austen

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Persuasion by Jane Austen Overview

Twenty-seven-year old Anne Elliot is Austen's most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy. The breakup produces in Anne a deep and long-lasting regret. When later Wentwo Twenty-seven-year old Anne Elliot is Austen's most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy. The breakup produces in Anne a deep and long-lasting regret. When later Wentworth returns from sea a rich and successful captain, he finds Anne's family on the brink of financial ruin and his own sister a tenant in Kellynch Hall, the Elliot estate. All the tension of the novel revolves around one question: Will Anne and Wentworth be reunited in their love? Jane Austen once compared her writing to painting on a little bit of ivory, 2 inches square. Readers of Persuasion will discover that neither her skill for delicate, ironic observations on social custom, love, and marriage nor her ability to apply a sharp focus lens to English manners and morals has deserted her in her final finished work.

Jane Austen

About Persuasion Description

Jane Austen 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 English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics. Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry

Data Book Persuasion

Original Title Persuasion ISBN 0192802631 (ISBN13: 9780192802637 ) Edition Language English Characters Lady Russell, Charles Musgrove, Admiral Croft, Elizabeth Elliot, Frederick Wentworth...more , Lady Russell, Mary Musgrove, Sophia Croft, Sir Walter Elliot, Louisa Musgrove, Captain James Benwick, William Elliot, Mrs. Smith, Anne Elliot, Henrietta Musgrave, Captain Harville...less setting Somersetshire, England (United Kingdom) Lyme Regis, England (United Kingdom) Bath, Somerset, England (United Kingdom) (1588)