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Piercing the Soul: A Closer Look at Jane Austen's Persuasion: Margaret Norwich

"In her last completed novel, Jane Austen introduces a heroine she considers ""almost too good for me.""  Anne Elliot still has strong feelings for a man she was persuaded to reject eight years earlier.  Hers is a story of pain, loss and hope told by an author at the height of her powers, keenly aware of the personal and social significance of romance.  We will consider this spare and powerful novel in the light of the author's earlier work and in the company of critics, scholars and friends."

Tutor: Margaret Norwich

"Margaret Norwich studied liberal arts at Vassar College, New York and read English at Girton College, Cambridge.  She has worked in publishing, higher education and the voluntary sector. She lectured on English Language & Literature for many years at Bedford College/DeMontfort University, and was Tutor/Organiser for the WEA in Bedfordshire. Her interests include the poetry of Sylvia Plath, the novels of Hilary Mantel, the plays of Tom Stoppard, and the redemptive power of rock music."