Thursday 7th July 2016

Venue: Chawton House

6.30pm drinks reception for 7.00pm talk

Susan Carlile (California State University, Long Beach)


Charlotte_Ramsay_LennoxWhat does it mean to be a “genius”? The London author Charlotte Lennox (1729/30-1804), who lived in America for several years and was an inspiration to Jane Austen, grappled with this question. Her prolific publishing career reveals a mind constantly wrestling with the origins of invention. This talk will offer an overview of Lennox’s career, with special attention to her ground-breaking study of Shakespeare’s source material.

Susan Carlile is Professor of English at California State University, Long Beach. She edited Masters of the Marketplace: British Women Novelists of the 1750s and co-edited Charlotte Lennox’s 1758 novel Henrietta. Her critical biography Charlotte Lennox: An Independent Mind will be published this year with University of Toronto Press.

Tickets: £11; Students/Friends £8.50 (includes drinks and canapés)

Book here or call 01420 541010