Persuasion

Persuasion

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Persuasion , by Jane Austen , is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics   series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics : New introductions commissioned from today's top writers and scholars Biographies of the authors Chronologies of contemporary historical, biographical, and cultural events Footnotes and endnotes Selective discussions of imitations, parodies, poems, books, plays, paintings, operas, statuary, and films inspired by the work Comments by other famous authors Study questions to challenge the reader's viewpoints and expectations Bibliographies for further reading Indices & Glossaries, when appropriate All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences--biographical, historical, and literary--to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.   In her final novel, as in her earlier ones, Jane Austen uses a love story to explore and gently satirize social pretensions and emotional confusion. Persuasion follows the romance of Anne Elliot and naval officer Frederick Wentworth. They were happily engaged until Anne's friend, Lady Russell, persuaded her that Frederick was "unworthy." Now, eight years later, Frederick returns, a wealthy captain in the navy, while Anne's family teeters on the edge of bankruptcy. They still love each other, but their past mistakes threaten to keep them apart.

Austen may seem to paint on a small canvas, but her characters contain the full range of human passion and moral complexity, and the author's generous spirit renders them all with understanding, compassion, and humor.

Susan Ostrov Weisser is a professor of English at Adelphi University, where she specializes in nineteenth-century literature and women's studies. Weisser also wrote the introduction to the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of Jane Eyre .

Publisher: New York : Barnes & Noble Classics, 2005, c2003.
ISBN: 9781593083588
1593083580
9780099511175
9780451530837
Branch Call Number: FICTION Austen Jane
Characteristics: xxxviii, 249 p. ;,18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Weisser, Susan Ostrov
Stade, George

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202 pages - classic literary fiction/romance/domestic fiction, published in 1817 (six months after she died)

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JCLBreAnnaB Oct 10, 2020

The rhythm of romance in Austen's novels is so curious and captivating. Anne and Wentworth's story definitely resonated. The influence of family in matters of love, time gone by that could have been avoided... Another lovely novel by Jane Austen.


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AndreaG_KCMO Jan 27, 2021

While I take less pleasure in this novel than I did fifteen years ago, I still appreciate Austen's nuanced snapshots of relationships. It is just plain good fun observing the endless tiny agonies of Victorians trying to decode, discreetly, each other's romantic signals. As always, I deplore the constraints of respectable society on the characters, especially the single women, but rejoice in their growing confidence during the course of the narrative.

JCLBreAnnaB Oct 10, 2020

The rhythm of romance in Austen's novels is so curious and captivating. Anne and Wentworth's story definitely resonated. The influence of family in matters of love, time gone by that could have been avoided... Another lovely novel by Jane Austen.

ArapahoeKati Aug 04, 2020

I'm continually fascinated by the subtleties of Austen's work, especially how one small sentence can mean so much. Take your time while reading and linger over the pages. I'm so glad I read this and I wish I had read this sooner.

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indi
Jan 29, 2020

I see all copies in use - you can easily download this book for free online from Project Gutenberg as it's in the public domain. Love all of Jane Austen's books!

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carolwu96
Oct 25, 2019

Anne Elliot, the undervalued daughter of a pompous nobleman, has been suffering from the heartbreak and regret of a broken engagement eight years prior. Young and doubtful of her own judgement, she had listened to those around her and given up the now wealthy Captain Wentworth. But when circumstances threw them together again, she was refilled with hope — could they still have a chance? ⁣

Another great story by Austen! This is a story about class and socioeconomic differences, intellectual appreciation, and the impact of “persuasion,” both between people and within their own hearts. ⁣

I had already read this book two years ago but neither liked it nor found Wentworth special. But this time I fell in love with him! Kind, observant, responsible, valiant, and loyal, he checks all the boxes! Even his pride and initial coldness towards Anne are perfectly reasonable considering she was the one who broke off their engagement.⁣

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This is my third Austen read within the past two months and I’m beginning to spot a pattern. The female protagonists often have embarrassing families but are intelligent and observant. There is always some type of misunderstanding between her and her love interest (of course, otherwise why would they not be together already?) but there are so many different combinations of characters that despite these tropes, it never gets boring. ⁣

The only problem I have with Austen is that her endings are usually wrapped up in neat little bows and people get what they deserve. Of course this is not how real life works, and is the only reason I gave Persuasion a 4.5 instead of a 5.⁣

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ccmccolligan
Feb 14, 2019

Favorite of all Jane Austen novels - this one feels more mature and indeed it was written by Ms. Austen near the end of her too-short life

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Havanacat
Jan 11, 2019

Prose. When Frederick Wentworth appears in Anne Elliot's life again, she must face the mistakes of the past to have a second chance at true love.

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Inga57
Oct 02, 2018

As Miss Austen scratches her pen across paper creating the story of Miss Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth, her explanatory writing creates a feast for one's soul and nutrition for the mind of Janeite's around the world.

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Persuasion's publishing (1818 - 2018)

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ryner
Apr 05, 2018

Eight years ago, Anne Elliot was engaged to be married, but broke off the engagement in deference to the well-meaning advice of loved ones who deemed her suitor beneath her own station in society. Since then, she's been the dutiful daughter, sensible and reliable, but she has never been quite able to let go of regret. A chance encounter reunites her with her formerly betrothed, and though the experience is awkward and his demeanor understandably cold, it stirs in Anne wonderings about what might have been.

Once re-acclimated to the literary style of the period (it's been years since I've read Austen), I quite enjoyed this elegant tale. The copy I checked out from the library was also pocket-sized, which added to its charm.

SPPL_Kristen Mar 15, 2018

Persuasion is the best Jane Austen novel and no one will ever convince me otherwise (because I'm right).

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ceeniebean
Mar 15, 2020

“You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope.”

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étoile
Apr 25, 2011

""I can no longer listen in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone forever...I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look will be enough to decide whether I enter your father`s house this evening, or never.

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lisahiggs
Aug 08, 2010

I could never doubt that you would be loved and sought by others, but I knew to a certainty that you had refused one man at least, of better pretensions than myself: and I could not help often saying, Was this for me?

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lisahiggs
Aug 08, 2010

On the contents of that letter depended all which this world could do for her!

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maacarrillo Jul 23, 2013

it always fun to read a classic stories even if the ending is sad.

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