Jane Austen began to write Persuasion on 8th August 1815 and initially finished it on July 18h 1816. Unsatisfied with some aspects of the novel, she cancelled the greater part of the original chapter 10 and added  new chapters. The second and final version of Persuasion was finished on 6th August 1816. It is Austen family tradition that the novel’s original title was to be The Elliots.

The novel was published  after Jane Austen’s death on the 18th July 1817 ,in December of that year, along with Northanger Abbey. The title page of the first edition states that it was published in 1818. A brief Biographical Notice of the Author by Jane Austen’s brother, Henry was included in the first edition of volume I of the four volumes of Northanger Abbey (Volume I and II) and of Persuasion (Volumes II and IV).

Here is a link to the e-text of Persuasion

Here are links to AustenOnly posts about Persuasion:

Links to Posts about the Life and Times of the Characters in Persuasion

The Disturbing History of Gowland’s( or Vincent’s )Lotion

Curricles vs. Coaches

Anne’s Very Pretty Landaulette and Sir Walter’s Extravagant Coach

Links to Posts About Bath:

The White Hart Inn, Bath

The Real Lady Russell?

The Theatre Royal, Beaufort Square

Links to Posts About Food In Persuasion

Mrs Musgrove’s Yorkshire Pie

Mrs Musgrove’s Mince Pies

Mrs Musgrove’s Brawn