Persuasion, the sixth and last novel by Jane Austen, was published in 1818. It is a novel of manners in which its central characters interact within their pre-Victorian society while navigating the rules and structures that govern their lives. The protagonist and key delight of Persuasion, Anne Elliot, is—like most Austen heroines—witty, clever, and considerate. In a letter, Austen herself referred to Anne as “a heroine who is almost too good for me.”


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