In July 2003 over 200 scholars of women’s writing in the long eighteenth century attended a conference marking the opening of Chawton House Library and Study Centre in the house and grounds of the restored manor house that once belonged to Jane Austen’s brother, Edward. Isobel Grundy, in the last essay in this volume, ‘Chawton House: Gathering Old Books for a New Library’, explains the genesis and development of the Library, which owes its existence to the literary enthusiasm, creative imagination, practical wisdom and economic generosity of an American benefactor, Sandy Lerner. On that summer day Chawton House, its imposing façade flanked by two large, festive-looking marquees, seemed to celebrate not only the lives and work of the writers housed within it, but the focused intellectual dedication and labours of the several generations of scholars and teachers gathered there.1


Eighteenth Century Public Sphere Literary Production Practical Wisdom Early Nineteenth Century 
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