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John Harrell as Dorimant, the Man of Mode Jessika Williams as Margaret of Anjou (The American Shakespeare Center, Blackfriars Playhouse, 2018) Friends and readers, EC/ASECS 49th annual conference, held in Staunton, Virginia, October 25th to 27th, 2018, has just ended a rewarding two days of panels, papers and presentations on the theme of performance in […]

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Cattle Watering perhaps by John Glover (1767-1849) Gentle readers, I’ve had some troubles over the past two weeks: my PC Dell Desktop computer died, and it has taken two weeks to replace it with a new one (Windows 20); alas while I was promised that all my files would be retrieved and put back into […]

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Amanda Root as Anne Elliot walking among the autumn leaves (1995 BBC Persuasion, scripted Nick Dear, directed Roger Michell) Dear friends and readers, I am chuffed (proud, happy) to say two new essays on Charlotte Smith by me are now available from the power and liberty of the Internet. The first is my essay for […]

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Hardy, Under Beachy Head Dear friends and readers, This is the sixth and last of my reports on the the Charlotte Smith conference this October, to which I will add a lecture given by Carole Brown on the history of St John’s Church in Guildford where Charlotte Smith was baptized and lies buried. The first […]

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Furness Abbey, Cumbria (modern photo) Dear friends and readers, A third conference report, our subject this time Smith’s novels, tales and her one play, What Is She?. I’ve described Friday morning and middle afternoon. This time I cover more papers, with some briefer summaries: starting late Friday afternoon, to lunchtime Saturday and early afternoon, the […]

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Frontispiece to 1788 edition of Elegiac Sonnets To the Goddess of Botany: OF Folly weary, shrinking from the view Of Violence and Fraud, allow’d to take All peace from humble life; I would forsake Their haunts for ever, and, sweet Nymph! with you Find shelter; where my tired, and tear-swollen eyes Among your silent shades […]

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Charlotte Smith in 1792 by George Romney Dear friends and readers, In the second week of October a second Charlotte Smith conference was held for three days: the first two at mostly at the Chawton House Library (a musical recital was in St Nicholas’s church on the grounds); the third, a Sunday, a tour to […]

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Remedios Varo, Spiral Transit (1962) By contrast? Carrington’s Artist Home and Garden “as woman, I have no country. As a woman I want no country. As a woman, my country is the whole world.” – Woolf, Three Guineas Dear friends and readers, As I’m just coming up for air after having attended three conferences in […]

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Dear Friends and readers, Valancourt Press has published my edition of Charlotte Smith’s Ethelinde; or, The Recluse of the Lake. You can see the book, a description of the story, and places and ways to buy at Valancourt’s on-line site. The artist who painted that alluring suggestive image on the cover is Jean-Baptiste Mallet (1759-1835). […]

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John Martin (1789-1854), Landscape possibly Isle of Wight or Richmond Felicité passée Qui ne peut revenir; tourment de ma pensée Que n’ai je en te perdant, perdu le souvenir In these gloomy moods, she was quite unable to remain a moment in company — Smith cannot break away from obsessive memories of her life as […]

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