Persuasion

ISBN-10: 0486295559
ISBN-13: 9780486295558
Edition: 1997 (Reprint)
Authors: Jane Austen
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List price: $4.50
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/24/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.330
Language: English

Superb novel, autumnal and mellow in tone, concerns the lives and loves of the Elliot family and their friends and relatives, in particular the thwarted romance between Anne Elliot (Austen's sweetest, most appealing heroine) and Captain Frederick Wentworth. After various twists and turns of the plot, the story ends on a happy note. Finely drawn characters, gentle satire and wonderful recreation of genteel life in the English countryside.

Jane Austen's life is striking for the contrast between the great works she wrote in secret and the outward appearance of being quite dull and ordinary. Austen was born in the small English town of Steventon in Hampshire, and educated at home by her clergyman father. She was deeply devoted to her family. For a short time, the Austens lived in the resort city of Bath, but when her father died, they returned to Steventon, where Austen lived until her death at the age of 41. Austen was drawn to literature early, she began writing novels that satirized both the writers and the manners of the 1790's. Her sharp sense of humor and keen eye for the ridiculous in human behavior gave her works lasting appeal. She is at her best in such books as Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1816), in which she examines and often ridicules the behavior of small groups of middle-class characters. Austen relies heavily on conversations among her characters to reveal their personalities, and at times her novels read almost like plays. Several of them have, in fact, been made into films.

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