persuasioncoverWCAB Special Book Club with Professor Sarah Wall-Randell '97

Persuasion by Jane Austen

When:  Wednesday, November 18, 2015; Registration at 6:45pm, Program starts at 7:15pm

Where:  Wellesley College - Founders 207

Cost:  Free for WCAB Members; $5 for Non-Members

RSVP:  Tracy Kukkonen at

Join us as Professor of English, Sarah Wall-Randell ‘97, whose Interests include Renaissance literature, book history, and the history and theory of literary genre, leads our discussion about Jane Austen’s last novel, Persuasion. We look forward to bringing together a diverse group of alumnae for this third event in a series of book discussions. 
Refreshments will be provided.
"Twenty-seven-year old Anne Elliot is Austen's most adult heroine. Eight years before the story proper begins, she is happily betrothed to a naval officer, Frederick Wentworth, but she precipitously breaks off the engagement when persuaded by her friend Lady Russell that such a match is unworthy. The breakup produces in Anne a deep and long-lasting regret. When later Wentworth returns from sea a rich and successful captain, he finds Anne's family on the brink of financial ruin and his own sister a tenant in Kellynch Hall, the Elliot estate. All the tension of the novel revolves around one question: Will Anne and Wentworth be reunited in their love?

Jane Austen once compared her writing to painting on a little bit of ivory, 2 inches square. Readers of Persuasion will discover that neither her skill for delicate, ironic observations on social custom, love, and marriage nor her ability to apply a sharp focus lens to English manners and morals has deserted her in her final finished work." -

Guides to Persuasion can be found here:
Persuasion is available at no cost through Project Gutenberg.