#FickleFortunes – Austen & Staël at 200 Years

by chawtonhouselibrary in Chawton, Hampshire, England

#FickleFortunes – Austen & Staël at 200 Years

We are raising funds to bring Jane Austen & Germaine de Staël together for the first time in 200 years for our summer exhibition in 2017.

by chawtonhouselibrary in Chawton, Hampshire, England

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On 24th January 2017 we successfully raised £1,615 with 17 supporters in 56 days

#FickleFortunes – Austen & Staël at 200 Years

Two celebrated writers - their careers, successes and reputations at 200 years on ……

July 1817 saw two deaths – of Jane Austen, an English novelist with a solid but relatively modest success, and of Germaine de Staël, a long-standing superstar of pan-European intellectual, political and literary life. The two authors were certainly aware of each other, but never met.

Over the two centuries since, the relative reputations of both have re-aligned in ways that would have astonished their contemporaries, admirers and critics alike. Chawton House Library – a library devoted to the examination of the lives and works of women writers, housed in the Elizabethan Manor House belonging to Austen’s brother Edward – will host an exhibition on Staël and Austen from 12 June to 24 September 2017, exploring their most celebrated works, and the waxing and waning of female literary celebrity. 

We have been successful in a bid of £5,000 from the Friends of the National Libraries, to purchase a first edition of Staël’s 1807 novel Corinne. This central exhibit will sit alongside a first edition of Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (1813)But we need to raise a further £10,000 to curate and interpret our material for visitors in 2017.

Please help us to bring these two writers together for the first time in 200 years, and to tell the stories of women writers who wrote alongside Jane Austen.

We hope you will feel inspired to support us .


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£20 or more

£20 Reward

Receive a copy of the Chawton House Library Guidebook

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Receive a ticket to our exhibition and free entry to the house and grounds for the year

£100 or more

£100 Reward

Receive a ticket to our exhibition, an invitation to the Preview and free entry to the house and grounds for the year.

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