Academic journal article Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal

Editor's Note

Academic journal article Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal

Editor's Note

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Persuasions Issue No. 23 dedicated to the memory of Joan Austen-Leigh, founder and former editor of this journal October 12, 2001

TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO Henry and Alberta Burke presented to Goucher College their personal collection of books and memorabilia from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. The Burkes bequeathed such items as first editions and translations of Jane Austen's novels, rare gardening manuals, costume and carriage and quadruped books, and an extensive list of critical works. David Gilson's bibliography lists Goucher's first editions second only to those in Her Majesty The Queen's collection. In 1998, the Winn Collection came to Goucher because Susannah Adams believed that the books collected by her mother, Barbara Winn Adams (a long-time JASNA member), would fit well with the established Burke Collection. In 2000, the Yousem Fund was established by Stella Platnick Yousem (Goucher '54) to provide research and travel grants for visiting scholars. The Jane Austen Collection has clearly not languished in obscurity.

In conjunction with Goucher's celebration of "Twenty-five Years of Jane Austen," at Commencement 2001 the College presented an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters to Joan Austen-Leigh, the great-granddaughter of Jane Austen's nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh and cofounder, with Henry Burke and J. …

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