Jane Austen’s Byronic Heroes II: Persuasion and Pride and Prejudice

  • Sarah Wootton


Persuasion (1818) is, like Northanger Abbey (1818) and Sense and Sensibility (1811) before it, concerned with misreading and masculinity. It is also, above Austen’s other novels, conversant with the literary scene of the day. As Janet Todd and Antje Blank explain,

In the years just prior to her death, then, Jane Austen showed herself more open to her immediate historical and literary moment than at any other period of her life. […] But only in Persuasion does she interact profoundly with the major writers of her present moment, with the poets Byron, Southey, the later Crabbe and Scott, with the political prose of Helen Maria Williams, and with the latest novels of Scott, Burney, Hawkins and Edgeworth.1


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