2017 William Morris Events in the United States
Keynote Speaker: Elaine Showalter, Professor Emerita of English, Princeton University
On March 17 and 18, 2017 the University of Delaware will host a two-day symposium, "Celebrating the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection: Rare Books and Manuscripts, Victorian Literature and Art." In addition to Elaine Showalter, the speakers will include Mark Dimunation (Library of Congress), Barbara Heritage (Rare Book School, University of Virginia), Edward Maggs (Maggs Bros. Ltd., London), Joseph Bristow (UCLA), Linda K. Hughes (Texas Christian University), Margaretta S. Frederick (Delaware Art Museum), William S. Peterson (Emeritus, University of Maryland), David Taylor (UK historian and author), and Margaret D. Stetz (University of Delaware).
The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration in advance is requested.
More information, including online registration, will be available at library.udel.edu/msl-symposium-2017
Hotel arrangements have been made at
640 S. College Ave., Newark, DE 19713
Anyone booking rooms should reference "Mark Samuels Lasner Symposium” for the room block and discount rate.
The symposium is being held in conjunction with the exhibition
"Victorian Passions: Stories from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection," curated by Margaret D. Stetz, University of Delaware, on view in the Special Collections Gallery, UD Library, from February 14-June 3, 2017.
The Mark Samuels Lasner Collection focuses on British literature and art of the period 1850 to 1900, with an emphasis on the Pre-Raphaelites and writers and illustrators of the 1890s. It holds more than 9,000 books, letters, manuscripts, and artworks, including many signed items by such figures as Oscar Wilde, George Eliot, Max Beerbohm, William Morris, Christina and D. G. Rossetti, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Aubrey Beardsley.
In 2016, Mark Samuels Lasner gave his collection to the University of Delaware. It is the largest and most valuable donation in the Library’s history.
Modern Language Association Convention,
Austin, Texas, 7 - 10 January 2016