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Alumni Book Club discusses 'Persuasion'

March 20, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Jane Austen's final novel, "Persuasion," will be discussed from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, in the Walwood Hall Commons at Western Michigan University. The discussion is open to the public free of charge.

Dr. Thomas C. Bailey, professor of English, will lead the discussion of the WMU Alumni Book Club. It is not necessary to have read the book to attend the event. Refreshments will be available.

"Persuasion" follows the romance of Anne Elliot and Frederick Wentworth, who were previously engaged and meet again eight years later. They still love each other, but past mistakes threaten to keep them apart. Austen uses this love story to explore and gently satirize social pretensions and emotional confusion. Her characters contain a full range of human passion and moral complexity, and her generous spirit renders them all with understanding, compassion, and humor. As Austen’s last novel, "Persuasion" is also said to have a great maturity and wisdom.

For more information, write to the WMU Alumni Association at alumni@wmich.edu.

Media contact: Tonya Durlach, (269) 387-8400, tonya.durlach@wmich.edu

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