The Journal of Louisa Lushington’ (1821-1822) has just arrived from the printers and will be available for £10 from the shop when we open on 5th March. It is based on a manuscript held here at Chawton House that contains the considered thoughts and opinions of a young women travelling through Europe. Over the last couple of years it has been transcribed, edited and contextualised.
This fascinating journal commences in March 1821 with the family’s departure from Naples at the time of the Carbonari uprising and records their return to London just before the coronation of King George IV. It details, among other works of fiction, Louisa’s thoughts on reading the Gothic novel ‘The Mysteries of Udolpho’ by Ann Radcliffe. Consequently the original manuscript will be on display as part of our exhibition on the female Gothic.
The journal also describes a visit to Godmersham Park where Louisa stayed with Jane Austen’s brother Edward and his family (see illustration below). If you are unable to come to Chawton House and wish to purchase a purchase a copy, please get in touch.