Monday, January 18, 2010

Mary Russell Mitford Lecture

Fellow's Lecture - Mary Russell Mitford (Born in New Alresford Hampshire,1787) is perhaps best known in Austen circles as the woman who repeated the gossip about Jane Austen that called her both ‘the prettiest, silliest most affected husband-hunting butterfly’ and ‘the most perpendicular, precise, taciturn piece of “single blessedness” that ever existed... a poker—but a poker of whom every one is afraid’.

Less often remembered is Mitford’s passionate defence of, and engagement with, Austen’s novels, shown in her letters (especially those of the 1840s to Elizabeth Barrett Browning), her literary autobiography Recollections of a Literary Life (1852), her Our Village stories (1824-32) and Belford Regis (1835). In this lecture, Dr Katie Halsey University of Stirling will focus primarily on the ways in which Mitford deploys her reading of Austen and other writers to position herself within contemporary literary and feminist debates.

To view the event poster click here (PDF).

Lecture Tickets: £10 & £7.50 for friends/students
6.30pm Reception with wine
7.00pm Lecture
To book, or for more info, call 01420 541010 or email

To view the Chawton House website click here.

Ibooknet sellers stock many books on Jane Austen: you can view her works, as well as books about Jane Austen including literary criticism and biography.

This post illustrated by books from the stock of Stella and Rose's Books.

i. Mary Russell Mitford., Illustrated by C.O.Murray & William Henry James Boot.
OUR VILLAGE Published: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington., 1879
First Edition. Hardback. Stock number: 987187.
£ 50.00 ( approx. $US 81.83 )

ii. Mary Russell Mitford BELFORD REGIS Published: Richard Bentley., 1835 First Edition .
Hardback. Three volumes. Three-quarter green leather binding. Raised bands and gilt titles to spines. Marbled boards., Book condition VG, No half-title in Volume 1 but not sure it was ever present. Final blank leaves present in all three volumes. Spines very slightly faded but overall a handsome set of this rare first edition. Stock number: 576025.
£ 1000.00 ( approx. $US 1636.60 )

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