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Persuasion

ISBN-10: 0321198220

ISBN-13: 9780321198228

Edition: 2008

Authors: Jane Austen, William Galperin

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Affordably priced, Longman Cultural Editions present classic works in provocative and illuminating contexts-cultural, critical, and literary. Each Longman Cultural Edition consists of the complete text of a key literary work, supplemented by helpful annotations and followed by contextual materials that reveal the conversations and controversies of its historical moment. Book jacket.
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Book details

List price: $28.80
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/31/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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.

List of Illustrations
About Longman Cultural Editions
About This Edition
Introduction
Table of Dates
Jane Austen Biography
Persuasion
Original Ending
Contexts
Henry Austen's "Biographical Notice of the Author"
Jane Austen's Letters to Cassandra Austen
Money from the 1790s to the Regency (1811-1820)
On Women and Men
Thomas Gisborne, from An Enquiry into the Duties of the Female Sex
Thomas Gisborne, from An Enquiry into the Duties of Men in the Higher and Middle Classes of Society in Great Britain
Lord Byron, from Don Juan, Canto I
Lord Byron, from The Giaour
The Novel and Romance
Frances Burney, Preface to Evelina
Clara Reeve, from The Progress of Romance
Jane Austen, from Northanger Abbey
Reviews and Other Nineteenth-Century Responses
From the Quarterly Review (Walter Scott) and The Champion on Emma
Contemporary Reviews of Persuasion
Anonymous Reviewer, from British Critic
Anonymous Reviewer, from Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine
Richard Whately, from the Quarterly Review
Later Responses
Anonymous Reviewer, from Retrospective Review
Julia Kavanagh, from English Women of Letters
Further Reading