Publisher description for Persuasion / Jane Austen ; with an introduction and notes by Susan Ostrov Weisser ; George Stade, consulting editorial director.


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Henry James once said of Jane Austen, “The key to Jane Austen’s fortune with posterity has been in part the extraordinary grace of her facility, in fact of her unconsciousness: as if, at the most, for difficulty, for embarrassment, she sometimes, over her work basket, her tapestry flowers, in the spare, cool drawing-room of other days, fell a-musing, lapsed too metaphorically, as one may say, into wool gathering, and her dropped stitches, of these pardonable, of these precious moments, were afterwards picked up as little touches of human truth, little glimpses of steady vision, little master-strokes of imagination.” Persuasion, Austen’s final novel, is a meditation on the confusion of romance.

Susan Ostrov Weisser is Professor of English at Adelphi University, where she specializes in nineteenth-century literature and women’s studies. She also wrote an Introduction and Notes for the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of Jane Eyre.



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