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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (April 24, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486295559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486295558
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

First published in 1818, Persuasion was Jane Austen's last work. Its mellow character and autumnal tone have long made it a favorite with Austen readers. Set in Somersetshire and Bath, the novel revolves around the lives and love affair of Sir Walter Elliot, his daughters Elizabeth, Anne, and Mary, and various in-laws, friends, suitors, and other characters, In Anne Elliot, the author created perhaps her sweetest, most appealing heroine.
At the center of the novel is Anne's thwarted romance with Captain Frederick Wentworth, a navy man Anne met and fell in love with when she was 19. At the time, Wentworth was deemed an unsuitable match and Anne was forced to break off the relationship. Eight years later, however, they meet again. By this time Captain Wentworth has made his fortune in the navy and is an attractive "catch." However, Anne is now uncertain about his feelings for her. But after various twists and turns of fortune, the novel ends on a happy note.
In Persuasion, as in such novels as Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma, Austen limned the plight of young women who could escape the constraints of family life only by marrying, and suggest the foolishness of women who believed they were free and not dependent on the financial and social resources of men. At the same time, Persuasion offers an ironic and subtle paean to the true love that enables one woman to rise above straitened economic circumstances and the stifling social conventions that restricted women to narrowly circumscribed lives in the common sitting room.
Sure to appeal to admirers of Jane Austen, Persuasion will delight any reader with its finely drawn characters, gentle satire, and charming re-creation of the genteel world of the 19th-century English countryside.

Customer Reviews

What a fun book to read and reread.
Dennis Skrade
Great classic I first read this in high school and have never tired of reading it these 20 years or so later.
D. Daniel
I was thrilled that it was the very cover design, an old fashioned flower print, that I wanted.
Sister Barbara

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Plume45 on January 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
INCONSTANCY OF THE HEART?

Published a few years after the acclaimed PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, this novel paints an intimate portrait of country gentry in early 19th century England. Describing the social milieus with which she was so familiar, Austen alternates the plot development between modest estates and the seaside resorts of Lyme and Bath. Travel and distant communication proved serious obstacles, so letters and notes were the more prized and preserved. Austen weaves a tapestry of strict social customs, explaining the value of keeping up appearances, of keeping one's place--which was clearly deliniated by time-honored class snobbery and ritual. Other themes which are quietly included: be wary of schemers, evaluate the counsel of interfering extended family, and do not trust those who present superficial impressions.

Narrated in the usual third person, ths intense story revolves around Anne Elliot, the middle daughter of vain but impoverished Sir Walter. The author might well have chosen to make this a first person novel, since we always know what the modest protagonist is doing, feeling and thinking. Austen gently ridicules the struggle between vanity and financial reality, as the family's streightened circumstances obliged them to rent out their beloved Kellynch Hall and take rooms in Bath. But where to find suitable tenants for the ancestral home? Their circle includes the neighboring Musgroves, whose son married the youngest Elliot daughter. Fortunately for the marriageable girls, their limited horizons are expandaded by the arrival of three young naval captains--one of whom Anne was forced to renounce 7 years before. She represents the first victim of of the art of familial persuasion. Yet her heart still beats fast at the mention of his name...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristine on August 23, 2013
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Jane Austin has written in such a way that we can see the sensitivities of womanhood and the drama involved in knowing those around us. Persuasion gives an artistic insight into the complexities of relationships and the integrity of them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sister Barbara on May 7, 2013
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I received "Persuasion"(Dover Thrift Editions) two days early. I was thrilled that it was the very cover design, an old fashioned flower print, that I wanted. I hope to build up a set of these Austen titles. There is no introduction or helps at the back, but the book is the larger paperback (6"x 8" and a half an inch thick). The print, although not large, is comfortable to read on off white paper similar to newsprint. It is made in the USA and is printed and covered with 10% recycled paper. Sometimes products that are green are more expensive but not that is not the case with these editions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alleyway on November 23, 2012
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The characters and emotions in this book are some of Jane Austen's finest works, and I adore this book. I also adore Anne. All the better that I can now picture Rupert as Captain Wentworth whilst I read (I picture my own Anne, however). Oh, when she first sees him look at her like he used to! And, oh, his letter! Just remembering makes me hanker for another re-read! Just so lovely and emotional.

If you love romance, this is one of the very best (although I now know to skip the visit to Mrs Smith, at the end, as I don't think it adds anything to the plot).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dag on May 28, 2013
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This is a very nice paper back or trade copy/larger than the average paper back. I was very pleased at the binding and will enjoy reading this for the very first time. Thanks for a classic and a very inexpensive price. Deb G.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cari on July 6, 2013
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This book was recommended by a Lit teacher to our daughter. It is a fabulous story and Jane Austin does not disappoint. Do your self a favor and get this book and read it. You will enjoy the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RuthSophia on May 15, 2014
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This is my favorite book written by Jane Austen (& I've read all her published books plus the posthumous Lady Susan). This last novel by Austen combines her personality analysis with her wonderful storytelling skills in a way that, in my opinion, surpasses even Pride and Prejudice.

Shocking, I know.

I heartily recommend the reading of this book to anyone who will understand and appreciate it. In other words, anyone that is a "teenager" (young adult) should be able to read this novel with delight. Guys, you may not read it with delight, but, no doubt, you still will enjoy it. And I do so recommend you read it. It is not a sappy love story (I tend to despise those), as aforestated it is a wonderful analysis, story, and work of art. Yes, I think effective storytelling is a work of art.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbra Fox on August 15, 2013
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Paper back and good book - what more can one say?
It is the book referred to in, "The Lake House"
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