From a general conversation on Persuasion to a special lecture by noted Romanticist Rachel Brownstein of Brooklyn College, this mini-conference also touched  on conflicting forces in “The Spirit of the Age” that Austen and Byron clearly represent in the Regency years 1812-1818. The one-day conference highlighted the importance of these two literary figures and explored how these disparate authors can be viewed together in hindsight. Featuring interactive discussions, scholarly lectures, and hands-on viewing of rare books and other materials, the conference offered a varied program that was enjoyed by all attendees. The event was a collaboration by the Byron Society of America, the Jane Austen Society of North America/New York Metropolitan Region, and Drew University Library Special Collections and Archives.