Persuasion (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Jane AustenPersuasion (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Jane Austen

Persuasion (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

byJane AustenIntroduction bySusan Ostrov Weisser

Mass Market Paperback | August 1, 2005


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.

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.
Word Cloud Box Set: Lavender
Word Cloud Box Set: Lavender

by Charlotte Bronte


In stock online

Not available in stores

Jane Austen: The Complete Works: Classics Hardcover Boxed Set
Jane Austen: The Complete Works: Classics Hardcover Boxed Set

by Jane Austen


In stock online

Available in stores

Pride and Prejudice (Collins Classics)
Pride and Prejudice (Collins Classics)

by Jane Austen


In stock online

Not available in stores

Shop this author
Title:Persuasion (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)Format:Mass Market PaperbackPublished:August 1, 2005Publisher:Barnes & Noble ClassicsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1593080484

ISBN - 13:9781593080488

Look for similar items by category:

Customer Reviews of Persuasion (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic My first time reading Jane Austen. I was completely thrilled. This book is excellent. Her writing is so savory, the story is so entertaining. Recommending this to everyone who loves romance.
Date published: 2017-09-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a favorite My favorite Jane Austen book. And that letter... swoon
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still relevant today Jane Austen's stories are vibrant and full of life even today. Her characters learn lessons that are valuable in any century. This is no exception - listen to your own hear and mind. You can hear what others have to say, but you must make up your own mind and not let well-meaning friends sway you.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from That indomitable persuasive power... This is a lesson to us Anne Elliots of the world: listen, consider, decide for yourself. Thank you Miss Austen. The message is still relevant.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it Wonderful story about second chances
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unappreciated beauty This is actually my favourite Austen, even though it doesn't get as much attention as her other work. This is beautiful angst and heart wrenching emotion. Slow starting but once you are in, you are in until the most lovely ending you can imagine.
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it Loved this story! The letter Wentworth writes in the end tore me apart as much as Darcy. It was a fun short Austen book.
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Austen Story Despite how much I love Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion remains my favourite Austen book. Captain Wentworth is just so swoon worthy.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite Jane Austen Book. This is a must read for all, great story my favorite work by Jane Austen.
Date published: 2017-04-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay Persuasion is a good book, but definitely not my favourite from Austen
Date published: 2017-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE I read this after a long break from reading Jane Austen. This was a great way to get back into her works. This is her last novel and it's her most mature. Anne Elliot is my favorite Austen heroine. She's such a wonderful person. Even though other people influenced a decision she made that caused her to suffer she didn't blame anyone but herself. The romance is beautiful and warms your heart. If you've never read Jane Austen start with this one.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite of Jane's work I've read Jane Austen's entire works and this one is my favourite. This edition is also gorgeous, as are all the vintage classics. Strongly recommend if you're interested in reading a Jane Austen novel and haven't before.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from absolute favourite This is my favourite Jane Austen novel and I love the Vintage Classics edition.
Date published: 2017-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it I enjoyed this one from Jane Austen more then the others because its not her traditional romance story
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic This is one of Austen's best works in my opinion. It's a gentle love story about second chances.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece While at some parts it felt very rushed, probably because Austen was writing this while dying, I still thought Persuasion was one of her best novels. I thoroughly enjoyed nearly everything about this, and I really loved how she valued the individual over the community, especially seeing how horribly Anne was treated by her family. I think Austen matured a lot before writing this novel, and you can really see that. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from ... All that needs to be said is that this book has, to my knowledge, the greatest love letter in literature.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh I didn't find this novel to be her best. It was hard for me to get into the storyline, which I almost immediately forgot after putting it down. Her works tends to be too forumlaic and this novel doesn't deliver the same memorable characters to make the novel intriguing or impossible to put down.
Date published: 2016-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lovely the older I get, the more I appreciate Persuasion.
Date published: 2016-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love Austen I am a total fan of Austen's works, but Persuasion is by far my favourite. There is all the wonders of the classic Austen novel and somehow there is an added element that elevates the whole story. A must-read for those who love classic literature.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Very well written. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from As the last one written, you should also read it last. Last of the novels to be completed during her lifetime, Jane Austen’s Persuasion tells the story of Anne Elliot who almost ten years after breaking her engagement to then penniless Captain Wentworth, sees their acquaintance revive as his sister and her husband take hold of the ancestral Elliot manor now in need of tenants. Though Anne, who at first believed she had forgotten him, is still in love with him, it does not seem that his feelings remained the same for he is cold and unforgiving. That is up until a certain accident in Lyme and an encounter with a distant cousin of Anne, will change irrevocably the faith of many. I particularly enjoyed this novel as it is quite different from all of Austen’s other novel. Where originally unpardonable mistakes are usually punished through the showcasing of others good morality, here the novels puts forward the concept of mistakes and second chances as Anne Elliot, who suffers silently on the account of her proud father and elder sister who do not think highly of her, and Captain Wentworth, now rich and respectable in the eyes of many, rekindle their feelings for one another and persuade themselves to give love another try. Throughout the novel, you can't help but suffer with Anne and hope for the best and wish for Captain Wentworth to warm up to her again. This goes without saying that, in some cases, people need to believe that second chances in love may be worth it, if they are convinced of it. For more about this book and many more, visit my blog at :
Date published: 2013-06-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Persuasion is like an old friend ... Persuasion is one of my favorite Jane Austen novels, second only to Pride & Prejudice. Persuasion follows the life of Anne Elliot and her struggles to find love and happiness. Anne had turned down a proposal of marriage 8 years earlier to a Captain Wentworth; but Anne had never stopped loving Captain Wentworth. This novel shows the flaws of Miss Elliot's family and connections, as well as her own. Wonderful story of lost love found again.
Date published: 2009-05-24

Read from the Book

From Susan Ostrov Weisser's Introduction to PersuasionJust as Jane Austen is the favorite author of many discerning readers, Persuasion is the most highly esteemed novel of many Austenites. It has the deep irony, the scathing wit, the droll and finely drawn characters of Austen's other novels, all attributes long beloved of her readers. But it is conventionally said that as her last novel, the novel of her middle age, it additionally has a greater maturity and wisdom than the "light, bright and sparkling" earlier novels, to use Austen's own famous description of Pride and Prejudice, her most popular work. In other words, Persuasion has often been seen as the thinking reader's Pride and Prejudice.But Persuasion is less "light" in more than one sense; Anne Elliot, its heroine, is introduced as more unhappy and constrained by her situation than any heroine of Austen's since Fanny Price of Mansfield Park. In contrast to Elizabeth Bennet's or Emma Woodhouse's sparkle and volubility, Anne's "spirits were not high," and remain low for much of the novel. But whereas Fanny Price, like Anne ignored and held in low esteem by family members, is perfectly poised to be rescued by love, in fact Anne is barely a Cinderella figure, and not only because she is wellborn, of a better social rank than even the heroine of Emma. In fact, Anne Elliot has more in common with Charlotte Brontë's Victorian heroine Jane Eyre in that she seems at first distinctly ineligible for the role of a beloved, appearing to the world as apparently unlovable and without much physical charm. Anne, however, has none of Jane Eyre's ready temper, tongue, and fire; she tends to think and feel alone and in silence—except, of course, that we, her readers, share the literary mind she inhabits and see the world with her through her finely discerning eyes. Heroines are always subjected to surveillance in nineteenth-century fiction; here the heroine is invisible but voluble in her mind, as Lucy Snowe is in Charlotte Brontë's Villette.Anne Elliot is a creature of thought and feeling, not what she seems to others. The same may be said of Jane Austen herself, whose life and writing often appear as one thing in the popular mind, yet turn out to be far more complex than convention allows when closely examined. There is the real Jane Austen, who left little in the way of biographical material (no diary has ever been found, and most of her letters were destroyed by their recipients or their heirs); and then there is the Jane Austen of the contemporary imagination. This latter version has colored the many films and television productions of her work, not to mention the societies and cultish fan enthusiasm, which constitute what the critic Margaret Doody calls "Aunt Jane-ism," a phenomenon she defines as "imposed quaintness."It is easy to see why Austen's novels have become a kind of cinematic fetish: Film adaptations selectively focus on the clear trajectory of the courtship plot, the fine detail, the enclosed, knowable, seemingly nonpolitical world in which everyone seems to know his place. In fact, for many the novels have come to stand for a nostalgia of pre-Industrial Revolution England, an idyll of country houses, gentrified manners, and clear moral standards, an Old World apart from the chaos of urban, technologized life and the struggle for modern capital. So solidified has this mythical vision become that there is now a popular series of mystery novels by Stephanie Barron that feature Jane Austen as the amateur detective, similar to Agatha Christie's spinster figure Miss Marple, solving fictional mysteries with pert and ingenious wit in her quaint village.