9780140434675

Persuasion

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  • ISBN13:

    9780140434675

  • ISBN10:

    0140434674

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-06-01
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics
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Summary

'Anne Elliot, with all her claims of birth, beauty, and mind, to throw herself away at nineteen; involve herself at nineteen in an engagement with a young man, who had nothing but himself to recommend him...' Seven years after she allowed herself to be persuaded by her friend Lady Russell to forgo the attachment, Anne Elliot encounters Captain Wentworth again. In Bath and its environs, Jane Austen's last completed novel unravels their long estrangement and details a compensatory romance that rights a wrong beginning.

Author Biography

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 at Steventon near Basingstoke, the seventh child of the rector of the parish. She lived with her family at Steventon until they moved to Bath when her father retired in 1801. After his death in 1805, she moved around with her mother; in 1809, they settled in Chawton, near Alton, Hampshire. Here she remained, except for a few visits to London, until in May 1817 she moved to Winchester to be near her doctor. There she died on July 18, 1817.

As a girl Jane Austen wrote stories, including burlesques of popular romances. Her works were only published after much revision, four novels being published in her lifetime. These are Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1816). Two other novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, were published posthumously in 1818 with a biographical notice by her brother, Henry Austen, the first formal announcement of her authorship. Persuasion was written in a race against failing health in 1815-16. She also left two earlier compositions, a short epistolary novel, Lady Susan, and an unfinished novel, The Watsons. At the time of her death, she was working on a new novel, Sanditon, a fragmentary draft of which survives.

Gillian Beer is professor of English literature at Cambridge.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
The Penguin Edition of the Novels of Jane Austen xxix
Note on the Text xxxi
Further Reading xxxiii
Persuasion
1(221)
List of Emendations 222(1)
Notes 223

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