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Anne Bronte by herself, drawn as a girl seeking, looking out Dear friends and readers, A couple of week ago now I wrote out some notes I took on two separate occasions, a talk on zoom from the Gaskell house and Haworth cottage on Elizabeth Gaskell’s Life of Charlotte Bronte, and two talks from an […]

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Portrait of Anne Bronte (Thornton, 1820 – Scarborough, 1849), Emily Bronte (Thornton, 1818 – Haworth, 1848) and Charlotte Bronte (Thornton, 1816 – Haworth, 1855), English writers. Elizabeth Gaskell, late in life, a photograph Dear friends and readers, Over the past couple of months, while some of the new groups of people meeting about authors and […]

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An eighteenth century trunk — probably more elegant than a woman’s typical “box” where she carried her things with her Virginia Woolf’s writing desk Dear friends and readers, I have been wanting to report two more virtual conferences I’ve attended online, both stimulating and about two women writers who are strongly connected to Austen’s work, […]

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Admiral Crofts (John Woodvine) amused at the picture he describes to Anne Elliot (Amanda Root) in the window shop (1995 BBC Persuasion, scripted by Nick Dear) Dear friends and readers, Literally for months now the talks I’ve heard online in zoom lectures and conferences have been mounting up. My spirit quails before the hard and […]

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From the East Central region, American Society of 18th century Studies site: Art and Rarity Cabinet c. 1630 by Hans III Jordaens Cassandra’s portrait drawing of Jane Austen graces the JASNA home page Dear friends and readers, Since 2000 I have gone almost every year to the East Central (regional ASECS) meeting, and I have […]

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Dear Friends, Today I was tempted and fell.  I had just sent out a proposal to the woman running the 2010 JASNA at Portland, and saw where on the small French academic 18th century list, Mary Trouille put a CFP where she asked for papers on           "’He said, she said’: Rape in 18th-Century Law, Fiction, […]

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Nikki Amuka-Bird as Lady Russell, a companion-mentor as Mrs Weston to Emma rather than the more severe mother-substitute of the book (Persuasion 2022) —  I like her hats & clothing Sandra Bullock as Dr Kate Foster, the Anne Elliot character, explains the meaning of her favorite novel, Persuasion, to Alex Wyler (Wentworth, now an architect) […]

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Virginia, Leonard and Pinka Woolf One of Virginia Woolf’s desks Dear friends and readers, Here am I to tell you about the second two days of the virtual Virginia Woolf conference held a few weeks ago now (for Thursday and Friday). Saturday, the first session I could make was “Flush: Canine Relations.” Having taught Flush […]

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Suzanne Bellamy — she just died — the conference poster One of Virginia Woolf’s working tables — from Monk House Dear friends and readers, For four days two weekends ago I spent very long days on zooms, participating as a spectator, listener and then fellow commentator on a moving brilliant series of panels and independent […]

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Rose Williams as Charlotte Heywood (Sanditon 2) — I fancy this is an allusion to a well-known drawing of Austen by Cassandra where she is seen staring out at the landscape from the back in casual clothes – I am enjoying this second season of Sanditon very much A brief blog in defense of allowing […]

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