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[BKARTS] Update: "Birth of the Bestseller" conference, 29-31 March in New York

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“Birth of the Bestseller: The 19th Century Book in Britain, France, and Beyond”
New York, 29-31 March 2007

The Bibliographical Society of America invites you to attend its "Birth of the Bestseller" conference in March. This innovative event will gather participants from around the world and from a wide range of disciplines, including art history, literary history, and cultural studies. Together we will explore the terrain of 19th-century bestsellers and consider how they came to dominate the public imagination.

The 19th century witnessed enormous changes in the world of books. The rise of a mass readership, the invention of machine-driven technologies, new reproduction methods, and an astonishing variation in literature, authorship, publishing, periodicals, printing, typography, illustration, marketing, taste, and design all made the 19th century an era of intense complexity. Despite growing interest in this period, many of its aspects remain largely unstudied. This three-day conference offers numerous short papers and lectures by five distinguished speakers: John Sutherland, Petra ten-Doesschate Chu, Marie E. Korey, Michael Winship, and Margaret D. Stetz.

Registration for all participants is $40 per person. This fee covers all sessions, receptions, and coffee/tea breaks. Registration may be made by mail, fax, or on site at the Grolier Club, the Fales Library, or the Morgan Library & Museum.

An updated schedule and registration form will be found on the BSA website, www.bibsocamer.org.

"Birth of the Bestseller" is organized by the Bibliographical Society of America and cosponsored by the Grolier Club of New York, the Morgan Library & Museum, and the Fales Library, New York University, with the collaboration of the Museum of Biblical Art. The project is made possible by the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. Generous financial support has also been provided by the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America, Bauman Rare Books (New York), Fay and Geoffrey Elliott, Kelmscott Books (Baltimore), 19th Century Shop (Sevenson, MD), and Ursus Books (New York). The media sponsor is Fine Art Connosseur magazine.

The conference topic and location are occasioned by concurrent exhibitions at the Grolier Club (“Illustrating the Good Life: Lucien and Esther Pissarro’s Eragny Press”), the Morgan Library & Museum (“Victorian Bestsellers”), and the Fales Library, New York University (“Nothing New: The Persistence of the Bestseller”). Related exhibitions and events will be held at the Bard Graduate Center, the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Colubmia University, the New-York Historical Society, and the New York Public Library.

For further information contact:

Mark Samuels Lasner
Senior Research Fellow
University of Delaware Library
181 South College Avenue
Newark, DE 19717
Tel (302) 831-3250

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