Persuasion

Jane Austen’s (1775-1817) final novel was written during a period of failing health, in 1815-16, and published posthumously in 1818. The author engages with a dilemma: should one marry for love or for financial security and status? As a young woman, Anne Elliot was persuaded by her godmother that marriage to Captain Wentworth, a naval officer with uncertain prospects, would be imprudent and inappropriate. Ultimately, they are united and, although their youth has passed, their relationship bodes well for future happiness. As usual, Austen handles social comedy deftly; but the book’s tone is also sober and thoughtful, the fruit of mature reflection. 

Creator:
Jane Austen
Published:
1818
Forms:
Prose
Genre:
Romantic literature
Literary period:
Romantic

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