Brideoake discusses Ladies of Llangollen

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“Her Campus” an online newsletter of American University, where Fiona Brideoake is a professor of literature, features an interview about her work on the Ladies of Llangollen. She expects her book, “The Ladies of Llangollen: Desire, Interdetermacy, and the Legacies of Criticism“, to hit shelves in the spring of 2016.

butler-and-ponsonbyreview of her 2011 NYU talk


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rose McMahon
    Nov 22, 2015 @ 12:26:57

    I met Fiona Brideoake years ago when she came to visit PLas Newydd and research the Sarah Ponsonby’s letters in the collection. I am delighted to learn that her work continues.

    I found this link, which may be of further interest to readers:


    • Janeite Kelly
      Nov 22, 2015 @ 13:59:16

      Hi, Rose – sounds, though, like this book will “cap” her decade of work on the Ladies. Guess we shall see.

      I _think_ the link is the same attached to the bottom pic (of the Ladies!) in the original post (unless sth happened and it didn’t link).

      I’m curious: are there letters &c at Plas Newydd? I was also hoping that more would be online concerning the Baskin deposit at Duke; but nothing additional. So many letters, spread everywhere; wish they would get published!

      thanks for writing!



  2. Liz
    Nov 23, 2015 @ 09:54:38

    Hi all! What about the emergence of the “new” picture of The Ladies walking? Has anyone ever seen it before and where had it been all this time before making it to the British Library? Thanks for sharing!


    • Janeite Kelly
      Nov 24, 2015 @ 21:46:45

      Hi, Liz – you can guess why I simply _HAD_ to use the graphic – isn’t it exquisite? (though I’ve not looked for a bigger, better image; is there one at the BL site??)



      • Liz
        Nov 25, 2015 @ 12:12:59

        Kelly – I do not know, I’ve looked but have not found anything better – yet. I wish we had some background regarding it. It IS exquisite!

  3. Fiona
    Nov 29, 2015 @ 15:43:54

    Thank you all for your interest in my work! I’m very grateful to have some of it shared here, and to be in touch with others interested in Butler and Ponsonby and their extraordinary legacy and archive. Your assistance at Plas newydd was invaluable, Rose, and I look forward to sharing our work further. I’ve also been reading this richly researched site with great interest!

    My book on Butler and Ponsonby, _The Ladies of Llangollen: Desire, Indeterminacy, and the Legacies of Criticism_, is forthcoming from Bucknell University Press in the (northern) Spring of 2016. It contains a further discussion of the wonderful 1819 anonymous watercolour of Butler and Ponsonby, which I discovered in the British Library in 2010, and will be reproduced on the cover of my book. Thank you again!
    Kind regards, Fiona


    • Janeite Kelly
      Dec 05, 2015 @ 19:42:54

      Hi, Fiona – have followed your work for quite some time! So thanks a LOT for visiting, and finding the site of “great interest”. Looking forward to the book coming out. k


      • Liz
        Oct 14, 2016 @ 17:11:37

        It looks like Fiona’s book is now scheduled for release by Bucknell University Press on December 1, 2016. And, it appears to be available for pre-order from

    • Liz
      Mar 14, 2016 @ 10:02:25

      Is it “(northern) spring” of 2016 yet???


  4. Rose McMahon
    Mar 13, 2016 @ 16:36:17

    As a resident of North Carolina, I intend to make a visit to the Duke University library in the summer, and track down the Baskin deposit.

    The Plas Newydd collection contains some 120 letters from The Ladies to Mary Leighton of Sweeney Hall, Oswestry, who created the watercolours of the Plas Newydd grounds that I shared a while ago. They should still be on deposit at the Denbighshire Record Office in Ruthin. The originals are included in the bound volumes of the letters.


    • Janeite Kelly
      Mar 14, 2016 @ 23:55:34

      Hi, Rose – I _so_ envy you your trip to Duke!! Fingers crossed that you’ll report back to us all on what you find. Mary Gosling’s diary is down there too; I so enjoyed the week I spent down there.

      Since there obviously are several deposits of their letters – has anyone collected (IS anyone collecting) them together and publishing??



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