Wednesday, February 8, 2012
A WAR OF 1812 PERSPECTIVE ON "PERSUASION"
I was reviewing a delightful modern remake of Jane Austen's Persuasion by Rebecca Jamison, and in order to compare the modern version to the original, I pulled up a web site to refresh my memory about the characters and timeframe of the original book. The date of its publication in 1817-1818 grabbed my attention immediately and sent me leaping off to conclusions as to which war Mr. Wentworth served in. Having not read the book since I stuffed my brain with War of 1812 trivia, I immediately thought of the War of 1812 and the British fight in America. But a reader drew me back to the original Persuasion, pointing out that the book clearly identifies the Napoleonic conflict as the war Miss Austen's characters were engaged in.