ISBN : 9780199535552

Jane Austen; James Kinsley
304 Pages
129 x 196 mm
Pub date
Apr 2008
Oxford World's Classics
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  • One of Austen's five major novels in a superb new edition
  • The standard Chapman/Kinsley text in a newly set typeface gives a more attractive appearance
  • The new introduction examines the novel in its historical moment in the aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo, and how nations and individuals can escape from the past
  • The new notes are fuller and bring out Austen's extensive knowledge of the Navy and the novel's topicality
  • New chronology and bibliography provide up-to-date resources for further reading
  • Appendices on social rank, dancing and the navy, and the deleted chapter that was the original ending of Persuasion

New to this Edition:

  • Introduction by Deidre Shauna Lynch
  • Explanatory Notes by Deidre Shauna Lynch
  • Fuller three-column chronology
  • Expanded and updated Bibliography
  • Appendices on social rank, dancing, the navy

'She had been forced into prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older - the natural sequel of an unnatural beginning.'
Anne Elliot seems to have given up on present happiness and has resigned herself to living off her memories. More than seven years earlier she complied with duty: persuaded to view the match as imprudent and improper, she broke off her engagement to a naval captain with neither fortune, ancestry, nor prospects. However, when peacetime arrives and brings the Navy home, and Anne encounters Captain Wentworth once more, she starts to believe in second chances. 
Persuasion celebrates romantic constancy in an era of turbulent change. Written as the Napoleonic Wars were ending, the novel examines how a woman can at once remain faithful to her past and still move forward into the future. 
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Note on the Text
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A Chronology of Jane Austen

   Bioraphical Notice of the Author by Henry Austen
   Volume I
   Volume II

Appendix A: The Original Ending of Persuasion
Appendix B: Rank and Social Status
Appendix C: Dancing
Appendix D: Austen and the Navy
Textual Notes
Explanatory Notes

About the author: 

Jane Austen
Deidre Shauna Lynch, Associate Professor of English, Indiana University, and Edited by James Kinsley, Deceased

Deidre Shauna Lynch is the author of The Economy of Character: Novels, Market Culture, and the Business of Inner Meaning (1998) and editor of Janeites: Austen's Disciples and Devotees (2000). an anthology of critical essays on the history of Austen's readerships.

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