Format: Mass Market Paperbound
Dimensions: 256 pages, 6.76 × 4.26 × 0.66 in
Published: October 15, 1999
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0812565886
ISBN - 13: 9780812565881
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Chapter 1 Sir Walter Elliot, of Kellynch-hall, in Somersetshire, was a man who, for his own amusement, never took up any book but the Baronetage; there he found occupation for an idle hour, and consolation in a distressed one; there his faculties were roused into admiration and respect, by contemplating the limited remnant of the earliest patents; there any unwelcome sensations, arising from domestic affairs, changed naturally into pity and contempt, as he turned over the almost endless creations of the last century--and there, if every other leaf were powerless, he could read his own history with an interest which never failed--this was the page at which the favourite volume always opened: ELLIOT OF KELLYNCH-HALL Walter Elliot, born March 1, 1760, married, July 15, 1784, Elizabeth, daughter of James Stevenson, Esq. of South Park, in the county of Gloucester; by which lady (who died 1800) he has issue Elizabeth, born June 1, 1785; Anne, born August 9, 1787; a still-born son, Nov. 5, 1789; Mary, born Nov. 20, 1791. Precisely such had the paragraph originally stood from the printer''s hands; but Sir Walter had improved it by adding, for the information of himself and his family, these words, after the date of Mary''s birth--"married, Dec. 16, 1810, Charles, son and heir of Charles Musgrove, Esq. of Uppercross, in the county of Somerset,"--and by inserting most accurately the day of the month on which he had lost his wife. Then followed the his
From the Publisher
When Anne Elliot falls in love with a handsome and charming young man, she must make a wrenching decision. The man she loves is perfect in every way...except one: he lacks the wealth and social status that would make him a suitable match for Anne. At least, that is what friends and family persuade Anne to believe. So Anne breaks off the match and sends Wentworth away. But she can''t help wondering: Did I do the right thing?
It is a question that will haunt her for years until, unexpectedly, Wentworth returns. His circumstances have improved greatly.
But is it too late for Anne?
About the Author
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.
From Our Editors
This complete and unabridged version of Jane Austen`s classic offers a new introduction and afterword. In Persuasion, Anne Elliot falls in love with a handsome and charming man, who unfortunately lacks wealth and social status. Her friends and family persuade Anne that Wentworth is not a suitable match, and so she makes the difficult decision to send him away, choosing reason over emotion. She is haunted for years, wondering if she made the wrong choice. Then Wentworth makes a surprising return. His circumstances have improved, but Anne fears it may be too late.