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The Real Persuasion: Portrait of a Real-Life Jane Austen Heroine

Peter James Bowman



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Amberley Publishing
15 July 2017
Biography; Autobiography: general; Diaries, letters & journals; Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
Her father is a vain, foolish baronet, obsessed with his lineage but so careless with money that he is obliged to quit his ancestral seat. Her sister is a fretful invalid with a good-natured husband and two disobedient sons. She herself falls in love with a handsome naval officer, and he with her, but her proud family consider his status and prospects inadequate. Heartbroken, the lovers part: he goes to sea while she leads a forlorn life at home. Years later he returns with a fortune in prize money, and after further misunderstandings he claims her as his bride.

This is the story of Anne Elliot in Jane Austen's Persuasion. It is also the story - true this time - of Katherine Bisshopp, the clever, beautiful daughter of an old Sussex family.

Drawing on Katherine's letters and journals and other family papers, this book relates the joys and anxieties of her youth, her harrowing eleven-year courtship with George Pechell, and their happy and prosperous union, which produced two daughters and a son. Splinter chapters draw parallels with Jane Austen's portrait of society and reveal the extraordinary coincidences of character and circumstance between Katherine Bisshopp and Anne Elliot, while the real woman's experiences after her marriage are seen as a possible future for the fictional heroine. The reality of history and the deeper truth of literature together yield a detailed picture of the age.
By:   Peter James Bowman
Imprint:   Amberley Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 235mm,  Width: 156mm, 
Weight:   611g
ISBN:   9781445659503
ISBN 10:   1445659506
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   15 July 2017
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Peter James Bowman is an independent scholar and translator living in Ely. He studied Modern Languages at Oxford University and completed a PhD in German at Cambridge University. He has published many periodical articles on literary subjects, and among the writers he has translated are Theodor Fontane, Stefan Zweig and Johanna Spyri. His first book The Fortune Hunter: A German Prince in Regency England appeared in English and German.

Reviews for The Real Persuasion: Portrait of a Real-Life Jane Austen Heroine

Readers will automatically recognize the story of Anne Elliott in Jane Austen's 'Persuasion'; it is also the story of Katherine Bisshopp, accomplished, handsome daughter of Sir Cecil Bisshopp, eighth baronet of Parham, and his wife Harriett. ......Bowman has a novelist's feel for a story and intersperses Katherine's narrative with extracts from 'Persuasion' and observations on the numerous ways in which art imitates life, and literature illuminates history. The result is a deeply moving and insightful account of one woman's life. -- Joceline Bury, Jane Austen's Regency World

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