Massachusetts Region: "Circulating Libraries in Jane Austen's Time"
Featuring Claire Bellanti
This is an illustrated talk about an 18th century social institution that was central to Jane Austen in her own life and in her fiction, the Circulating Library. In her talk titled, "You Can Get a Parasol at Whitby's: Circulating Libraries in Jane Austen's Time" JASNA President, Claire Bellanti provides a brief history of the circulating library, the development of the novel, publishing in the period, and the interactions between women and the novel. The talk includes citations from Austen's novels and letters to explain the importance of the circulating library and other forms of sharing books in Regency England.
For more information, please visit the Region's website.
This event is funded in part by the Jane Austen Society of North America.