Sunday, March 18, 2007

Pg. 99: Jane Austen's "Persuasion"

Deidre Lynch, Associate Professor in the Department of English at Indiana University, is the editor of the Oxford World's Classics edition of Jane Austen's Persuasion.

She generously offered her expertise and applied the Page 99 Test to the novel, Austen's last.

About the Oxford World's Classics edition of Persuasion:
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.

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.

Jane Austen's last completed novel features a heroine much older and wiser than her predecessors in earlier books, and presents a more intimate and sober tale of a love found long after such happiness had been deemed hopeless. This edition includes an appendix giving the original ending of Persuasion.
Page 99: Persuasion.

--Marshal Zeringue