Our Library collection is one of our oldest collections and is loved by so many Paddywax fans both new and old. This collection is one that we love too, because we get to honor some truly great authors and creators.
This month, we are SO excited to add another female author to our collection: Charlotte Brontë! The launch of our Brontë inspired Library candle comes fittingly at the marker of International Women’s Day on August 26th and just a few days after our hometown of Nashville, TN celebrated being home to the final vote making Tennessee the 36th and final state needed to grant women the constitutional right to vote 100 years ago. While there are so many powerful and important women activists, entertainers, artists, mothers, engineers, teachers, and so much more that deserve recognition (and probably their own candle, too!), we are proud to highlight these three incredible writers with our Library Collection.
Charlotte Brontë was an English novelist best known for Jane Eyre (1847), the story of an independent young governess who overcomes hardships while remaining true to her principles. It blended moral realism with Gothic elements. Her other novels include Shirley (1849) and Villette (1853). We celebrate Charlotte for her satirical edge and for her presentation of a tale through the sensibility of a child and the picture of love from a woman’s point of view.
Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott is most famous for her novel Little Women (1868–69), an autobiographical text about a cheery family of modest means. She also submitted work regularly to The Atlantic Monthly and published several short stories and other novels for youth. An American author who spent most of her childhood in Boston and Concord, Massachusetts, Alcott took influence from Emerson and Thoreau, but created an autobiographical story with an optimistic outlook to stand the test of time.
English novelist Jane Austen wrote about unremarkable people in unremarkable situations of everyday life, and yet she shaped such material into remarkable works of art. Jane Austen is known for six novels: Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), Emma (1815), and Persuasion and Northanger Abbey (both 1817). In them, she creates vivid fictional worlds, drawing much of her material from her own world and experiences of the English countryside. We love her for giving a voice to everyday comedies, trials, and romances.
We’re super excited to recognize this important day by the launch of our third woman author! You can shop the entire Library Collection and our featured women authors here:
Still, we recognize that while highlighting these talented women and celebrating the strides to work towards gender equality, there is still so much work to do! This 100 year marker only granted White women the right to vote, and Black women did not gain this right until the Voting Rights Act of 1964. To this day, we recognize there are still injustices and inequalities in our world. So, we want to open this up to you all - we want to take the opportunity this collection affords us to highlight great creators and authors. Authors of color, female authors, authors with disabilities, you name it! Submit your suggestions here, and we promise we’ll review every single one!
NOTE: Due to public domain laws, we cannot use an author’s likeness or work until 70 years after the death of the author. Consider this when submitting your suggestions!