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    May 2024

    Call for papers

    'Manuscript and Print in the Eighteenth Century', conference taking place on 23-24 May 2024 at the University of Sheffield.

    Though print was undoubtedly in the ascendant during the period, it was through manuscript practices of writing and archiving – not print – that most people had contact with the written word. The conference investigates the relationship between an expanding print culture and the continuing power of the hand-written form.

    Plenary speakers include Thomas Keymer and Susan Whyman.

    The deadline for the Call for Papers, is the of 16th March 2024.

    You will shortly be able to register for the event here:

    May 2024

    Call for papers

    Anna Letitia Barbauld in Twenty Hundred and Twelve: New Perspectives

    Chawton House Library 11-12 May 2024

    Keynote speaker: William McCarthy, Barbauld's biographer and editor

    The 200th anniversary of Eighteen Hundred and Eleven, Barbauld's most powerful and controversial poem seems an ideal moment for a reappraisal of her life and works.

    The conference is co-hosted by Chawton House Library, the University of Leicester, and the University of Southampton Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies (SCECS). Please send abstracts of 200-500 words for the attention of the conference organisers Gillian Dow, Felicity James and Olivia Murphy to Sandy White: The deadline for abstracts is the 30th of January 2024.

    For further details of the conference and paper proposals please
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    Nov 11

    Second Impressions by Ava Farmer.

    New book by Chawton House Press. An historically and socially accurate sequel to Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

    Second Impressions is a story of the Darcy Family, their friends, and relations. It has been ten years' since that happiest of days when Mrs Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters. What does Elizabeth do all day at Pemberley? What has happened to Mr.& Mrs. Bingley? Has Lady Catherine been allowed to visit? Have Mr.& Mrs. Wickham become, as Jane predicted, steady and rational? What about England’s most eligible daughter, Georgiana Darcy? Even Anne de Bourgh has a life after 'P&P'

    Published as the first book from Chawton House Press, 'Second Impressions' draws its history from the novels, maps and other volumes which comprise the Chawton House Library.

    The book can be pre-ordered by following the link below.

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    Virgin Money Giving

    The New Chawton House Library fundraising web site is now live.

    Virgin Money Giving, are a new, not for profit, charity fundraising website. They differ from other similar fundraising web site's by not charging a monthly fee or large set up fees, which means more of your money goes to the charity of your choice.

    Our dedicated website can be found by following the link below.

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    Chawton House estate has been restored to how it would have looked in Jane Austen's time.

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