Jane Austen (1775-1817) was the seventh child of a parish rector. She died unmarried, leaving behind an immortal body of work. Colm Toibin is the author of the Man Booker-shortlisted novels The Blackwater Lightship and The Master and the Costa Book Award Winner Brooklyn. He lives in Dublin. Audrey Niffenegger is a visual artist and author of the bestselling novels The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry and the graphic novels The Adventuress, Three Incestuous Sisters, and The Night Bookmobile.
"Critics, especially [recently], value Persuasion highly, as the author's 'most deeply felt fiction,' 'the novel which in the end the experienced reader of Jane Austen puts at the head of the list.' . . . Anne wins back Wentworth and wins over the reader; we may, like him, end up thinking Anne's character 'perfection itself.'" -from the Introduction by Judith Terry