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About the Writer

Portrait of Jane Austen (c. 1810). Watercolor and pencil. By Cassandra Austen (1773-1845).
1775 - 1817

Jane Austen was a romantic novelist whose works are some of the most widely read in English literature. While not prolific, Austen's best know works include the beloved novels Pride and Prejudice and Emma that have each inspired many film adaptations. Her plots feature themes of love and marriage, highlighting the role women in the early 19th century and their need to secure position through a marital alliance.

About the Book

Jane Austen's last completed novel, Persuasion the easily manipulated heroine Anne Elliot as she meets the man to whom she was engaged seven years before until she broke off the engagement under familial pressure. The novel's main themes of the superficialness of Bath society and the Royal Navy are heavily reflective of Austen's own life.

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