(10/6/08) Mike Jay's new book on Dr. Thomas Beddoes, The Atmosphere of Heaven, is scheduled for publication in April 2009 by Yale University Press. At left is an image of the projected book jacket.
From Mr. Jay's website: "Mike Jay’s new book...tells the story of the Pneumatic Institution, the experimental gas laboratory in 1790s Bristol where the maverick doctor Thomas Beddoes explored the medical use of gases in collaboration with a circle that included the chemist Humphry Davy and the poets Coleridge and Southey. When they discovered the unexpected effects of inhaling nitrous oxide, the experiments devolved into a pioneering exploration of consciousness."
The Royal Society and the Centre for Life Writing Research, King's College, London, will be holding a one-day conference on Dr. Beddoes in London on December 12. "This conference marks the bicentenary of Beddoes's death. Speakers will include Trevor Levere, Larry Stewart, Mike Jay, George Rousseau, Giuliano Pancaldi, Iwan Morus, Neil Vickers and Jane Darcy." Additional details are available at the Royal Society website.
(8/20/08) Several new additions to the website today: 1) the minutes of the 2008 Annual General Meeting are now in the Society section, 2) an accompanying video documenting the Society's trip to Hopesay village is now in the Video Gallery, 3) also in the Video Gallery are new Beddoes animations by Jim Clark featuring voice work by Alan Halsey and Geraldine Monk, and finally 4) a new painting of Thomas Lovell Beddoes by Rosalind Bliss has been added to the Portraits wing of the Image Gallery.
(7/14/08) The Society has just published issue 13 of its newsletter in electronic format. It is available as a pdf file from the new Newsletter section of the website. The newsletter's new editors are John Beddoes and Christine Hankinson.
(6/27/08) The entire CD Death's Jest-Book (libretto by Thomas Lovell Beddoes, music by Brian Holmes) is now online at the Romantic-Era Songs website. To order a copy of the CD, contact Paul Douglass at the website.
(5/5/08) A new area of the website devoted to Dr. Thomas Beddoes, the father of Thomas Lovell Beddoes, is now being developed. Dr. Beddoes was the author of numerous scientific, political and literary works, and had a central role in the development of laughing gas.
Also, the article on TLB from the 1885 Dictionary of National Biography has been added to the Life section of the website.
(2/28/08) More images today: a portrait of Dr. Thomas Beddoes,
the father of Thomas Lovell Beddoes; Edgeworthstown House, where TLB
sometimes stayed when he was a child; and an 1847 drawing of TLB by the 10-year-old son of one of Beddoes' editors. All are in the Image Gallery.
(2/25/08) The Image Gallery has been greatly expanded with photos supplied by John Beddoes, Chairman of the Society.
(2/22/08) Some photos of Beddoes Society members have been
added to the Image Gallery.
(2/12/08) The Society is relaunching its annual publication
as a peer-reviewed journal. We have added a new Journal section to the website which
provides the details.
(2/5/08) New videos have been added to the Video Gallery: Brian Holmes' video
"The New Cecilia" in which the San Francisco Composers Chamber
Orchestra performs his setting of a song from Death's Jest-Book, and "The Dance of Death," a new Beddoes animation
created by Jim Clark.
(12/12/07) We have added some wonderful animations to the website, one on the main page and two in the new Video Gallery section. The animations were
devised by Jim Clark, to whom we are indebted for permission to
include them here.
(11/18/07) The next meeting of the Thomas Lovell Beddoes
Society will take place on December 6 at 5 p.m. at the Scarborough Hotel Leeds (opposite Leeds Railway Station).
In other news, Brian Holmes has added a recording of his Death's Jest-Book Overture to his MySpace page.
(8/22/07) An electronic edition of The Brides' Tragedy, edited
by David Baulch, is now online at Romantic Circles. I've added a
link to this edition into the Works section of the
(7/2/07) Links to pdf versions of the 1851 Kelsall edition, Poems by
the Late Thomas Lovell Beddoes, and the 1890
Gosse edition, The Poetical Works of Thomas Lovell Beddoes, have been added to the Works section of the web site. A link
to a pdf version of Gosse's 1894 edition of TLB's letters has been
added to the Life section. Finally, a
link to recordings of "The Phantom-Wooer" has been added to the Links section.
(5/10/07) The Thomas Lovell Beddoes Society has just published
volume 12 of Journal of the Thomas Lovell Beddoes Society (2006). The
Journal is edited by Dr. Shelley Rees. Here is
the table of contents:
"Tease" (poem) by Anastasiya Austin
Phantom-Wooer: The Thomas Lovell Beddoes Web Site | News
"The Flowery Alchemist" (poem) by Thomas Lovell Beddoes
"Society Notes and News" (announcement) by Shelley Rees
"William Weir, Thomas James Arnold, Thomas Lovell Beddoes and the
Attribution of Articles in the Wellesley Index and the Oxford
Dictionary of National Biography" (article) by Essaka Joshua and
"The 'deserted home' of the Psyche: Madness and the Medical Subject of
Romantic Science in Thomas Lovell Beddoes's The Brides' Tragedy"
(article) by David M. Baulch
"Pickled Essence of Englishman: Thomas Lovell Beddoes" (article reprint) by
"Forthcoming: The Ashgate Research Companion to Thomas Lovell Beddoes," by
Ute Berns and Michael Bradshaw (announcement)
"When BBC Radio 4 Came to Belper, Derbyshire" (article) by Annette Eley
"2005 Bibliography" (article) by Richard Geyer
To receive a copy of the Journal, you'll need to join the
Thomas Lovell Beddoes Society. For further information, see the
Society section of the web site.
(4/25/07) The minutes of the Society's April meeting are now
online in the Society section of the web site.
(3/27/07) The minutes of last fall's Annual General Meeting are now
online in the Society section of the web site.
(3/23/07) There are now many links to documents
available through the Google book service.
(3/16/07) Some more links have been added to the web site.
(3/5/07) The Poetry of Beddoes by Dr.
Michael Bradshaw, which previously appeared on the old Beddoes Society site, is now
available in the Critical Response section of the web site.
(3/2/07) Two items by the late Dr. Gerald McDaniel have been added to the web site: a brief biography and
a bibliography. These were first published on the
old web site of the Thomas Lovell Beddoes Society.
(3/1/07) The Memoir of
Thomas Forbes Kelsall is now available in the Life section
of the web site. It provides an overview of TLB's life and includes extensive excerpts from TLB's letters.
Also, separate mp3s for the pieces in Thomas Lovell Beddoes: Poems and Songs, the
recording by Alan Halsey and Geraldine Monk, are now available. These are available in the
Sound Gallery section of the web site.