Persuasion (Mass Market)
“There could have been no two hearts so open, no tastes so similar, no feelings so in unison.”
Since Anne Elliot eight years ago rejected the marriage proposal of Captain Wentworth, a penniless naval officer, she has resigned herself to a quiet life at home, tending to the imagined needs of her spoiled sisters and vain father. But when Captain Wentworth reappears in their midst, having made his fortune at sea, Anne must ask herself whether she made the right decision—or allowed herself to be persuaded against her heart.
Jane Austen’s last completed novel and her most optimistic and romantic work, Persuasion gives full scope to the author’s artistic powers, blending sharp wit and warm sympathy, stylistic brilliance and matchless insight. It is a story that affirms the lasting power of love and the rejuvenating power of hope.
With an Introduction by Margaret Drabble
and an Afterword by Diane Johnson
Margaret Drabble is the highly accalimed novelist, biographer, and editor of The Oxford Companion to English Literature. Her novels include The Gates of Ivory, The Seven Sisters, and The Red Queen. She lives in London.
Diane Johnson is the author of ten novels, including Le Divorce and L'Affaire, two books of essays, two biogrpahies, and the screenplay for Stanley Kubrick's classic film The Shinning. She has been a finalist twice for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.