Chawton House: Gathering Old Books for a New Library
This essay was originally given as a paper on an historic occasion: the opening of Chawton House Library. In that house Jane Austen was a poor relation — no matter how much cherished and honoured, still a poor relation. On that day in July 2003 she presided there, and around her were gathered her students and scholars (the conference delegates) and her constituents, the early women writers who without her would have had an even harder time making their way to rediscovery than they have.
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