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Andrea Goldsmith: 'Never Leave Home Without Her'

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State Library of South Australia

Corner of North Terrace & Kintore Ave

Adelaide, SA 5000

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Immortal Austen Public Lecture and Conference Opening

5:30pm Drinks

6:00pm Book Launch - Devoney Looser, The Making of Jane Austen

6:30pm Public Lecture - Andrea Goldsmith: 'Never Leave Home Without Her'

Many decades ago, Andrea Goldsmith found herself trapped in a trailer park in Daly City outside San Francisco. She was alone, penniless, and having just been dumped by her beloved she was also distraught. She had a return ticket to Australia for travel four weeks hence: non-changeable and non-refundable. Bereft, vulnerable and stripped of resources, she doubted her ability to make it to the end of the month. It was in this state she reached for the complete works of Jane Austen, bought in a single volume at a bargain price a couple of weeks earlier, and she began to read. She read one Jane Austen novel after another.

Four weeks later when she boarded the plane for Australia, her heart was still broken and she was a good deal thinner. But she felt calm and surprisingly invigorated, and in her hand luggage she carried the jottings for her first novel. Reading Austen had demonstrated that an active imagination can displace even the blackest misery.

Jane Austen is one of Andrea Goldsmith’s great and enduring loves. For her, Austen is a writer’s writer, but she is also a life’s companion. The complexities of these relationships will be explored in her address.

For more information on this international conference:

visit: http://www.flinders.edu.au/ehl/firth/firth-conferences/immortal-austen/immortal-austen_home.cfm

contact: immortal.austen@flinders.edu.au


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