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Persuasion / Edition 2

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Jane Austen (Steventon, 16 de diciembre de 1775 - Winchester, 18 de julio de 1817) fue una destacada novelista británica que vivió durante el período de la Regencia. La ironía que emplea para dotar de comicidad a sus novelas hace que Jane Austen sea considerada entre los Clásicos de la novela inglesa, a la vez que su recepción va, incluso en la actualidad, más allá del interés académico, siendo sus obras leídas por un público más amplio

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780192802637
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 03/28/2004
Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
Edition description: REV
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Born in 1775, Jane Austen published four of her six novels anonymously. Her work was not widely read until the late nineteenth century, and her fame grew from then on. Known for her wit and sharp insight into social conventions, her novels about love, relationships, and society are more popular year after year. She has earned a place in history as one of the most cherished writers of English literature.

Date of Birth:

December 16, 1775

Date of Death:

July 18, 1817

Place of Birth:

Village of Steventon in Hampshire, England

Place of Death:

Winchester, Hampshire, England


Taught at home by her father

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Table of Contents

Jane Austen: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text


    Volume I
    Volume II

Appendix A: The Canceled Chapters of Persuasion

Appendix B: Biographical Notice of the Author

Appendix C: Extracts from Jane Austen’s letters

Appendix D: From Thomas Gisborne, An Enquiry into the Duties of the Female Sex

Appendix E: From Priscilla Wakefield, Reflections on the Present Condition of the Female Sex

Appendix F: Extract from the Annual Register, London 1806

Appendix G: From James Thomson, The Seasons: A Poem

Appendix H: From Walter Scott, Marmion: A Tale of Flodden Field

Appendix I: From Lord Byron, The Giaour: A Fragment of a Turkish Tale

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Reading Group Guide

1. Lady Russell persuades Anne to break off her engagement to avoid
"youth-killing dependence." Does she ultimately succeed in sheltering Anne from this?

2. Persuasion is the aim of rhetoric, yet in this book it often hinders lives and harms feelings. What is Austen commenting on? Consider what happens when Lady Russell or Mrs. Clay persuade others as opposed to what happens when Anne persuades others.

3. Look at how Anne's feelings and perceptions are shown-never through her direct words or thoughts but through an approximate report of these through a distant narrator. What does Austen accomplish by doing this?

4. Consider how sailors such as Wentworth and Admiral Croft have made their fortunes-by capturing enemy ships and enjoying the spoils. With their newfound wealth, they re-join English society in higher social standings. What is Austen's opinion of this? In what ways and situations does she relay this opinion?

5. Many of Austen's earlier works take place in the spring, but this story plays out in autumn. Very often, the characters and narrator notice the colorful leaves and cool air around them. How does the season promote this story?

6. The narrator describes the Christmas scene at the Musgroves' as a "fine-family piece." What is Austen implying with her sarcasm? Do you think she is antifamily?

7. Admiral and Mrs. Croft have the most successful and loving relationship in the novel, even though they are unromantic, eccentric, and deeply rooted in realism. Yet many of the idyllic lovers look to their marriage as a model. What is Austen commenting upon with this ironic reversal?

8. Mr. Elliot is the catalyst for the reunion of Anne and Captain Wentworth, provoking jealousy in Wentworth, which in turn prompts him to reconsider his love for Anne. However, Austen chooses not merely to make Mr. Elliot Anne's unwanted lover but instead to reveal him as a rich and immoral scoundrel, to be cast out of the story. What does Austen accomplish by doing this? What is she saying about the world of property and rank?

9. Compare the original ending chapters and the "real" ending chapters. Why did Austen make these changes? What did she accomplish with them?

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Persuasion is a powerful book that strongly impacts the mind of any reader. I read this book for a research paper I had to write this year in high school, and I fell in love with it. Apart from the fact that I experienced the emotions described in this book, Jane Austen presents the material in such a way that the reader can comprehend, and fully grasp, the struggle of Captain Wentworth and Anne Elliot. This is truly a tremendous masterpiece. I strongly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my all time favorite books. I have read it several times in paperback and after having to sell almost all of my books for a move I was excited to see this free version. The formatting is fairly decent. There are random numbers and letters throughout and some of the line breaks are odd but it's not hard to read and really isn't annoying. Some of the paragraphs run on but that was how my other copy of the book was. I could be coming from a different perspective on the reason the formatting really doesn't bother me. I was a history major and some of the things that I had to read from this time period (and others) were not edited for ease of reading. Good copy if you are interested in reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book however, I was sincerely disappointed with the number of typos in the Barnes & Noble Classics series nook book verison. After reading a couple more Jane Austen book from the Barnes and Noble Classic nook books, I kept finding more typos to the point that I went and purchased a different publisher's version and archieved the B&N version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great satirical description of class prejudice and privilege. The virtuous overcome the contemptible and the reader is happy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a pleasure to. read or to rereadan. Austen nvell,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could read it over and over. I love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great Jane Austen story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the book rather sweet. It teaches you to follow your heart and not the decisions of others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The formatting for this book was half hearted at best. Made a great book difficult to get through with odd page breaks and typos.
tap_aparecium on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This particular Jane Austen novel is definitely my least favorite of the four I've read. It took me awhile to get through this one. It just didn't capture my interest. I liked the character of Anne but beyond that I had trouble keeping track of the other characters. Also the romance came too late for me and I felt detached from the outcome.
onlyhope1912 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Persuasion is another classic from Jane Austen. In it, Anne Elliot was once engaged to Captain Wentworth. Years after refusing him, the two are thrust into the same small town's social circle. Anne is slowly dying for one look, one word to know he still loves her. However, both of them engage in the same small talk, and refuse to discuss the one topic which they want more than anything to mention. And to find out if Anne Elliot finally marries him, you shall have to read the book. On that subject my lips are sealed.I very much enjoyed the book! While Captain Wentworth is no Darcy, it still made for a delightful read!
Mia.Darien on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my second time reading "Persuasion" and I think I loved it more this time than the last. I will confess that certain happy comparisons between my life and this book make me fonder of it, it is a tender love story. I realize it's not considered among Austen's more intricate works, as it was written during her final illness, but it is still a good tale of Austen style. Not much need be said of it, I think, but to say that classics are classics for a reason.
mels_71 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read with Austen's trademark wit and amusing view of society. The heroine is Anne Elliot and she is wonderful and a mature women who finally knows what she wants and gets it.
Kivrin22 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found myself uninterested in Anne Elliot or her fate. She didn't have the strong characteristics that Jane Austen's other heroines have. She didn't really have any strong characteristics except for being very relenting to others. And her explanation about the "moral" of the story, that it was a good thing that she was persuaded by Lady Russell into refusing Captain Wentworth when she was 19, did not make any sense to me. Not a bad story - it follows the Austen storyline: good girl gets overlooked/overlooks hero, falls for man of seemingly excellent character, man of excellent character turns out to be a bad character, heroine and hero finally come together at the end and everything is good. Elizabeth (Bennett) Darcy is still my favorite, but I still have Mansfield Park, Emma, and Northanger Abbey to get through.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite of all of Austen's books. Not the wittiest or with the most appealing heroine--that would be Pride and Prejudice. I do find Wentworth the most appealing of the Austen heroes though. He's a self-made man and the theme of merit versus aristocratic privilege and pride runs through the book. Which is not to say I don't feel for Anne. She's a quieter heroine than you usually see in Austen. Someone that seemingly was too easily persuaded years ago and seems destined to end her life alone. I think if for nothing else, this book would have earned a place among my favorites because of one scene. My inner feminist cheered at Anne's defense of women, and their faithfulness in love. And truly, if you aren't melted by the letter Wentworth writes to Anne, you have no beating heart.As always with Austen, there are winning touches of humor throughout that leaven the drama. Persuasion isn't as comedic as Emma or Pride and Prejudice but it's still a welcome element.Austen has had an upsurge of popularity because of several adaptations in the 90s. I do love the Pride and Prejudice miniseries and the films of Emma and Sense and Sensibility but I don't feel there's any film adaptation of Persuasion that does it justice. So if you're impression of it comes from those films, all I can say is the book is much, much better!
annekiwi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I loved Persuasion. Sometimes I find it hard to read the Austen books because the writing is so much more complex than today's writing. Still, I really enjoy it because it is so descriptive without being overly so. Not the minutiae of every minute, but more along the lines of "she blushed" and you know exactly what she's thinking and feeling without more words.
Libbeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book way back in 1982 and to be honest, gave it 4 stars purely because I remember loving all Jane Austen but I can't actually remember the story. Time for a re-read I think.
Nebutron on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This remains my favorite Jane Austen for many reasons, and not just the nautical angle.
MrsPlum on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the few so called love stories I have any time for. This is the last, and in my view best, novel from one of history's most charming authors.
koeniel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found number two! After reading 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Sense and Sensibility', 'Emma' and this book, I decided that 'Pride and Prejudice' still holds the title of Jane Austen's best book, but 'Persuasion' took 'Sense and Sensibility''s previous number two place.Excessively romantic, Persuasion tells the story of Anne Elliot, the daughter of a nobleman, who was forced to refuse her sweetheart's love when she was nineteen, because of the young man's lowly birth and lack of money. Eight years later Captain Wentworth came back successful, with money and handsomer than ever, and Anne found that she was still in love with him. But it didn't seem that he returned the feelings.If one's a helpless romantic like me, one can't help to fall in love with this book, it has all the perfect ingredients of the perfect recipe - beautiful and elegant girl with high moral and good manner, handsome and perfect gentleman, denied but staunch love. What else could one ask for?As usual Jane's book provides a portrait of life in 18th century British society. Rank matters a lot and people's place in society is often controlled more by their birth than by money, education or personality. But of course Jane shows that it's not always the case.
dee_kohler on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh I love my jane. "you pierce my heart" only a woman could think up that line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The tension the joy the sorrow...perfect!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My favorite book. The characters are true to life and compelling. The story is sweet and moving without being saccharine. The writing is beautiful, as the tone changes from insightful to sardonic to comedic to romantic. Austen creates a wide variety of characters in all her of her novels, characters that we can relate to both within ourselves and portraits of our friends and family.
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Name: Gabriel Nomead <p> Gender: &male <p> Age: Don't even ask. He looks around 19. <p> Rank: Camp Leader <p> Appearance: He has a dark coppery complexion with a strong frame and broad shoulders. His eyes are a brilliant amber-orange, almost catlike. His hair is jet black and windswept; his face always seems to have a hint of dark stubble, no matter what. His wings are deep ashen gray feather, though halfway through they turn to bony black fingers with dark leather stretched between them (yes, he is half-daemonic). <p> Personality: Bold, well-spoken, thoughtful, strong-willed, a natural leader. <p> Status: He hasn't loved for years. . . <p> Other: Meh. He isn't keen on sharing about his past. <p> RPer: Haunted &#65430<_>mmortal