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From My Bookshelf: Persuasion

I am a proponent for collecting multiple editions of the same book – even unread books. My Jane Austen collection is particularly – ahem – stacked, and among the few of her titles I haven’t read, Persuasion stands three paperback spines across.  

The first is my Penguin Classics edition, which features the top half of a striking portrait on the cover (the portrait is of Pierre Guérin by Robert Lefèvre, both of whom were French painters).

Persuasion | Penguin Classics | Book Cover

The second is my Barnes & Noble Classics edition – the small version. I love these editions (I have a couple other books in this edition) because they are great for marking up/annotating, they easily fit in a bag, and they’re pretty sturdy. The cover features Mary Cassatt’s painting Mrs. Duffee Seated on a Striped Sofa Reading.

Persuasion | Barnes and Noble | Book Cover

The third is a Signet Classics edition, which is my favorite of the three. This used little book is just so charming, and I have a copy Northanger Abbey in this edition too, so that makes this version even more special to me and my shelves.

Persuasion | Signet Classics | Book Cover

Have you read Persuasion? Is there one book that takes up a lot of space on your shelves, because you can’t help yourself when you see a new edition? Do you have a list of editions you wish you could purchase right now? Share your joys and wants in the comments.


  • Hannie

    Persuasion is my first and only Jane Austen so far. I’ve read it twice. The first time, I hated it and dragged myself kicking and screaming through it. The second time, however, I fell in love with Austen’s wit and characters! I think it’s especially interesting that the main romantic interest didn’t just fall into money and worked his way up, which is a rarity of the Victorian era. I should probably read more of Austen’s books, but I’m afraid that they won’t compare to this one!

    • Kelsey

      Oh interesting. Good for you for giving it another try; I’m glad it paid off! 😊 Of course I can’t compare Persuasion to other Austen novels I have read, but if you love her wit and characters, I don’t believe you would be disappointed (but I do understand the hesitation).

  • rebekahrochester

    Wow, I love your signet classics edition! It’s so charming and the artwork is quite unique with just her skin being coloured in.
    I bought a second edition of Emma because I found a beautiful cloth-bound 1962 Folio Society edition with woodcut-engraved illustrations!
    Hope you enjoy Persuasion 🙂

    • Kelsey

      I think so too!
      And wow – Folio Society editions are always so beautiful, and yours sounds especially so! Cheers to beautifully crafted books. 😊

    • Kelsey

      Thank you! I’d like to say that I don’t actively seek out more editions of books I already have, but that would be a lie. 😆 Thank you for your comment!

  • Italian Goodness

    I haven’t read Persuasion yet, but I love reading also as a way to lean English better, but the first question that came to my mind while reading your post is: where do you store so many books!?!?!?

    • Kelsey

      Luckily my apartment is adequately-sized and I have space for a couple of bookshelves. And a few small tables here and there…😊

  • raiswatirai

    Oh my god! These are some beautiful, collector’s editions- yes I have read mots of Austen’s work and the beauty of the age and the language is so well condensed in her writing. Magnificent!

  • Darlene

    I love all her books and have read them all more than once. Persuasion is excellent and I have a vintage leather bound copy of it. I have a number of copies of each of JA’s books. You must read all of them, especially Emma. So very good.

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