Jane Austen's Persuasion Study Guide

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Persuasion was first published in 1818, after Jane Austen’s death. The novel was hardly reviewed at all when it appeared, but over time has become probably the favourite Austen book after Pride and Prejudice. One was written when Austen was a young, marriageable woman, the other when she was in her forties, and it features a heroine who, at twenty-seven, could in those days be destined, like Austen herself, to life as a spinster. The atmosphere of the two books is quite different, like the social world they depict – one “light and bright and sparkling” as Jane Austen herself called it, the other more sombre, shadowed by several deaths, and sometimes gentle and sometimes savage in its irony. But Persuasion has endeared itself to readers because the romance it celebrates takes place so convincingly within a constrict- ing and believable social world. It’s a love story for adults.

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