Villa Diodati From the Byron Society Collection

Hosted by
Drew University Library Special Collections
Thursday, April 21, 2016

4:00 to 9:00 P.M.
Location: United Methodist Archives and History Center

Drew University Library, in collaboration with the Jane Austen Society of North America/New York Metropolitan Region and the Byron Society of America, invites you to continue the exploration of this most elegant pairing of antipodal Romantic writers at the Drew University Library, home of the Byron Society Collection. This mini-conference will continue the conversation begun at the 2008 “Austen and Byron: Together at Last” conference held in New York City.

For both specialist and general readers of Austen and Byron, the occasion celebrates this year’s multiple focus within Romantic circles on the signal year of 1816—the year Byron’s Childe Harold III was published and Austen began writing Persuasion. From a general conversation on Persuasion to a special lecture by noted Romanticist Rachel Brownstein of Brooklyn College, this mini-conference will also radiate out to touch on conflicting forces in “The Spirit of the Age” that Austen and Byron clearly represent in the Regency years 1812-1818.

Byronists and Janeites will likewise enjoy a special showcase of selected items from Drew University Library’s Byron Society Collection and items from the splendid Jane Austen Collection on loan for this occasion from Goucher College Special Collections & Archives. Specially conducted tours of the United Methodist Archives and History Center, home of Drew University Library Special Collections will complement the day’s events.


4:00-4:15 p.m. Welcome by Chris Anderson, Head of Special Collections and University Archives, and Marsha Manns, Co-Founder of the Byron Society Collection.

4:15-5:30 p.m.  Discussion led by Robert Ready, Dean of the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, on Jane Austen’s Persuasion. Selected first editions of Austen and Byron will be available for examination by discussion participants.

5:30-6:00 p.m.  Coffee/tea/cake break and viewing of special showcase of related materials from Drew University Library’s Byron Society Collection and Goucher College Austen materials on loan for the event.

6:00-7:00 p.m. Lecture by Rachel Brownstein, Brooklyn College, “Austen and Byron: Literary Taste and Judgment.”

7:15-9:00 p.m. Wine and substantial hors d’oeuvres reception and tours of the Archives and History Center. Showcase of materials will be available for viewing.

**All events take place in the United Methodist Archives Building.**