Persuasion by Jane Austen. My favorite Austen novel. The heroine is no so bright eyed and bushy tailed (she's and she's been unlucky in love which makes me like it all the more. This is wish-fulfillment at its best.
English novelist Jane Austen, shown here in an original family portrait, was born in December of Pride and Prejudice, Austen's most widely-read novel, was first published on January (Hulton Archive/Getty Images).