September 1, 1998
Wordsworth Military Library
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 1853260568
ISBN - 13: 9781853260568
From the Publisher
Introduction and Notes by Elaine Jordan, Reader in Literature, University
of EssexWhat does persuasion mean - a firm belief, or the action of
persuading someone to think something else? Anne Elliot is one of Austen's
quietest heroines, but also one of the strongest and the most open to
change. She lives at the time of the Napoleonic wars, a time of accident,
adventure, the making of new fortunes and alliances.A woman of no
importance, she manoeuvres in her restricted circumstances as her
long-time love Captain Wentworth did in the wars. Even though she is
nearly thirty, well past the sell-by bloom of youth, Austen makes her win
out for herself and for others like herself, in a regenerated society.
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
Jane Austen challenges conventional roles of hero and heroine through the character of Anne Elliot, the moral equal to any man in Persuasion, Austen's last completed novel. When we first meet Anne Elliot, she leads a Cinderella-type life - complete with a ludicrous father and overbearing sister. The reader follows Anne in her successful attempt to free herself from familial ties and achieve her own personal fulfillment. At this special price, it makes a superb addition to any library.