Royal Oak Foundation/The Trustees Fall Lecture
Jane Austen at Home “I shall be very glad to see you at home again, and then…who will be so happy as we?”– Jane Austen.
From her youth in a country rectory in Steventon, Hampshire, England – where she wrote her first stories for her friends – to the fashionable spa town of Bath, the seaport of Southampton, and her final years in her last settled home at peaceful Chawton Cottage, beloved author Jane Austen spent her time in many settings. A regular visitor to London, to the seashore for holidays, and to the estates of friends and relatives, Austen carried her own notion of home with her wherever she went. She drew inspiration for her brilliantly witty novels from every new experience and visit. She wrote most everywhere she traveled, accompanied by her portable writing desk, and penned her most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice at Chawton, now converted to the Jane Austen Museum. Author Kim Wilson will explore Austen’s world, her physical surroundings, and the journeys that she took during her lifetime, using new photography, archives, and contemporary illustrations. She will also bring to life the domestic settings of the author’s stories by linking her novels to homes where she lived, places she visited, and locations where she attended school, ending with her final months in temporary lodgings in Winchester, England.
Reception to follow sponsored by FREEMAN's Auction House.
About the Speaker
Kim Wilson is a writer, editor, and gardner who lives in Wisconsin and is a longtime member of the Jane Austen Society of North America. She is the author of Tea with Jane Austen, described by Booklist as “perfect for Austen-reading book clubs” and In the Garden with JaneAusten, described by House and Garden as “a charming book, full of interesting snippets and comment.