'The celebrated Madame de Staël died at Paris.' - Hampshire Chronicle, Winchester (21 July 1817) Our woman writer of the month for June is Germaine de Staël, who with Jane Austen, is the subject of our main summer exhibition 'Fickle Fortunes', which runs [...]
Elizabeth Montagu: 'Queen of the Blues', patron of the arts, consummate hostess and generous philanthropist. The Montagus had an active social life, traveling around the country throughout the year to visit friends and stay at their various [...]
Our second woman writer of the month is Elizabeth Blackwell, whose influential and beautifully illustrated A Curious Herbal is in the Chawton House Library collection. Elizabeth Blackwell, a 1737 lithograph by Villain. Elizabeth Blackwell (nee Blachrie), a [...]
Today is National Poetry Day. We remember Charlotte Turner Smith (1749-1806), poet and novelist: 'the first poet in England whom in retrospect we would call Romantic' as the editor of her verse, Stuart Curran, writes. Next week, scholars of [...]
Frances Burney (1752 –1840): described as ‘the Mother of English Fiction’ by Virginia Woolf in 1918.
Aphra Behn (1640-1689): England’s first major professional woman writer.