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Anne Elliot, heroine of Austen's last novel, did something we can all relate to: Long ago, she let the love of her life get away. In this case, she had allowed herself to be persuaded by a trusted family friend that the young man she loved wasn't an adequate match, social stationwise, and that Anne could do better. The novel opens some seven years after Anne sent her beau packing, and she's still alone. But then the guy she never stopped loving comes back from the sea. As always, Austen's storytelling is so confident, you can't help but allow yourself to be taken on the enjoyable journey.

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Starred Review. Stevenson has read all of Austen's novels for audiobook, in abridged or unabridged versions, and her experience shows in this delightful production. Though dominated by the intelligent, sweet voice of Anne Elliot—the least favored but most worthy of three daughters in a family with an old name but declining fortunes—Stevenson provides other characters with memorable voices as well. She reads Anne's haughty father's lines with a mixture of stuffiness and bluster, and Anne's sisters are portrayed with a hilariously flighty, breathy register that makes Austen's contempt for them palpable. Anne's voice is mostly measured and reasonable—an expression of her strong mind and spirit—but Stevenson imbues her speech with wonderful shades of passion as Anne is reacquainted with Capt. Wentworth, whom she has continued to love despite being forced, years before, to reject him over status issues. Listening to Stevenson, as Anne, describe a sudden encounter with Wentworth, one hardly needs Austen's description of how Anne grows faint—Stevenson's perfectly judged and deeply felt reading has already shown that she must have. Even those who have read Austen's novels will find themselves loving this book all over again with Stevenson's evocative rendition ringing richly in their ears. (Apr.)
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  • File Size: 7556 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor (February 2, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LAK3VU
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Though the domain of Jane Austen's novels was as circumscribed as her life, her caustic wit and keen observation made her the equal of the greatest novelists in any language. Born the seventh child of the rector of Steventon, Hampshire, on December 16, 1775, she was educated mainly at home. At an early age she began writing sketches and satires of popular novels for her family's entertainment. As a clergyman's daughter from a well-connected family, she had an ample opportunity to study the habits of the middle class, the gentry, and the aristocracy. At twenty-one, she began a novel called "The First Impressions" an early version of Pride and Prejudice. In 1801, on her father's retirement, the family moved to the fashionable resort of Bath. Two years later she sold the first version of Northanger Abby to a London publisher, but the first of her novels to appear was Sense and Sensibility, published at her own expense in 1811. It was followed by Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), and Emma (1815). After her father died in 1805, the family first moved to Southampton then to Chawton Cottage in Hampshire. Despite this relative retirement, Jane Austen was still in touch with a wider world, mainly through her brothers; one had become a very rich country gentleman, another a London banker, and two were naval officers. Though her many novels were published anonymously, she had many early and devoted readers, among them the Prince Regent and Sir Walter Scott. In 1816, in declining health, Austen wrote Persuasion and revised Northanger Abby, Her last work, Sandition, was left unfinished at her death on July 18, 1817. She was buried in Winchester Cathedral. Austen's identity as an author was announced to the world posthumously by her brother Henry, who supervised the publication of Northanger Abby and Persuasion in 1818.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Kristine Lofgren VINE VOICE on September 30, 2011
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I own far too many copies of each Jane Austen novel. I fall under the same spell that many fans succumb to... I hope that in finding just one more addition, I might find just a little more information about the novel. So the Annotated Edition of Persuasion is the perfect book for a reader like me.

I'm not going to review the novel itself here. That has been done countless times. This review is for the Belknap Harvard Annotated Edition, edited by Robert Morrison. This is the second in the Belknap Harvard series of Austen Annotated, and I hope that there will continue to be many more. The first book in the series - Pride and Prejudice - did not disappoint. This edition doesn't either.

First things first, this book fails slightly as the coffee table type book that it is intended to be. Pride and Prejudice came in a beautiful, waxy dust jacket that felt rich. The dust jacket on Persuasion feels cheap. Inside, the books are nearly identical, with cloth covers and end pages. With a bevy of illustrations and notes on each page, this book serves as not only an interesting novel, but a historical lesson as well. The notes themselves are thoroughly researched and well written. The illustrations, while occasionally a bit too dark, are revenant and appropriately selected.

The lack of index is annoying, just as it was with the Pride and Prejudice edition, but it hardly dents what is otherwise a wonderful addition to the Jane Austen lovers library.
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David Shapard, who was responsible for the wonderful Annotated Pride and Prejudice in 2007, has now turned his thoughtful scholarly talents to Persuasion, Jane Austen last complete novel. Lesser known, probably lesser-read than Pride and Prejudice, and generally considered to be less polished due to Austen's illness and death during its composition, it is nevertheless the favorite Austen novel of many an English professor and Austenite.

Persuasion is not as brilliant, sparkling, and perfect as Pride and Prejudice, but it is more subtle. It is the most interior (by which I mean, so much of the action occurs in the thoughts and emotions of the main characters) of Austen's novels, and has most intensely emotional climax of any of her works. Yet the same heroine, Anne Elliot, who has "the power of loving, when all hope is gone" is also one of Austen's most self-controlled heroines.

While Pride and Prejudice will always remain my personal favorite (I am biased; II fall for Lizzy's wit and spirit every time), Persuasion offers a different display of Austen's skills as a mature novelist, and my re-reading of it was greatly enriched by Shapard's annotations. Highly recommended!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By dcubed on February 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
It's true that the slipcover isn't as nice as the Pride & Prejudice one, but the rest of the book is the same high quality and the the illustrations and annotations are delightful. This has been my first time reading Persuasion and I found it very enjoyable, greatly enhanced by the preface and annotations. The next release will be on my must-buy list automatically. I hope they annotate all of Jane Austen's work, including her short stories and that I will have a very nice Annotated Austen section on my bookshelf.

I think this series is one of the best examples of annotated books on the market, they truly add to the reading experience and offer several opinions on select passages. I'd love to see other books as lovingly annotated as Jane Austen.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Sherwood on January 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The annotated Persuasion is a lovely book, with a gleaming dust jacket, liberal application of color illustrations within, and a nice painting on the cover. Amusingly, the ear ends up being on the spine above the title. I had read Persuasion before, but forgotten most of it, so it was good to reread. While the annotations were in a finer print than the novel, and a little dryer reading, I found them quite informative. There was a wealth of historical information, including everything from the invention of the McAdam (macadam) road surface to the quality of houses and streets mentioned by characters. There are also brief explanations whenever a common word is used oddly, which would be nice in many old books.

While a good half of the annotation, by my estimate, did consist of these explanatory and historical notes, Robert Morrison, the annotator, also had a fair amount of literary commentary. Some of this consisted of citations of common or well-known literary experts, others must have been his own opinions on the meaning or purpose of some of Jane Austen's style or thoughts. There seemed to be a great deal of speculation about Austen's perspective on relationships between men and women, especially as her characters debated matters such as the strength and quality of love as felt and expressed by either gender.

Reading Persuasion with annotations turned the reading experience from an an enjoyable bit of fiction into a fascinating foray into history, gender studies, and literary interpretation. I learned what the various carriages looked like, as well as pictures and information about some of Austen's own siblings. Leaning some of these details gave depth to some of Austen's shorter and more subtle digs at characters, as well, which would normally be lost as readers no longer have current knowledge of the setting. Overall, it was a delight to read, and I would suggest it to any Jane Austen fan, or new reader daunted by the age of the book.
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