Persuasion and Poems

Jane Austen’s last novel, “Persuasion,” tells the story of Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth. Seven years after Anne rejects the man she loves after a family friend persuades her that he isn’t a good enough match for her, Frederick Wentworth returns to England looking for a wife.

Jane Austen completed the manuscript of “Persuasion” in the summer of 1816. It was not published until after her death.

Jane Austen’s poems were mostly occasional, light comic verses written to celebrate events, like a marriage or the birth of a child, to entertain family and friends.

This delightful selection, with an introduction by Alison Larkin, ranges from “This Little Bag,” which Austen wrote on a tiny piece of paper placed in the pocket of a tiny bag she gave to her niece on Christmas night 1792, to “When Winchester Races,” written in July 1817, just three days before her death.

Author Biography

Jane Austen (1775–1817) is considered by many scholars to be the first great woman novelist. Born in Steventon, England, she later moved to Bath and began to write for her own and her family’s amusement. Her novels, set in her own English countryside, depict the daily lives of provincial middle-class families with wry observation, a delicate irony, and a good-humored wit.

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Reader Biography

Alison Larkin is a playwright, stage actress, stand-up comic, and voice artist, whose wide range of voices can be heard in cartoons and movies, including Pocahontas and The Wonder Pets. She has narrated numerous audiobooks and has earned an AudioFile Earphones Award.

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