Our eighth Standing-Room Only Lecture (co-sponsored by Triolet Rare Books and conveniently timed to precede the Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair) will have us looking closely at quills, dip pens, inks, pencils, quill cutters, blotting papers, ruling devices, bone folders, and embossed letter papers. These were the basic supplies and tools that nineteenth-century writers used to compose their great novels, including Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights. This talk will provide a holistic look into the writing desks of Emily and Charlotte Brontë, and will show how the activities of cutting, canceling, copying, and pasting gave shape to novels—and how reading the writing instruments extant in Charlotte’s desk may shed new light on an old puzzle pertaining the fair-copy manuscripts of her last two published novels, Shirley and Villette.
Alas, tickets for this event are no longer available.
Date and Time
Tuesday, November 13 at 7p
Doors open at 6p for mingling.
108 Beacon Street
Somerville, MA 02143 [map]
Standing-Room Only Lectures aim to present short talks about graphic design, typography, and collecting. The lectures are kept to about twenty minutes because—true to its name—the series takes place in our standing-room only gallery. So, wear comfortable shoes and bring a short attention span.