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Poetry & Print in Early America

A symposium to mark the publication of A Bibliographical Description of Books and Pamphlets of American Verse Printed from 1610 Through 1820

 

September 29, 2012

Poetry and Print The American Antiquarian Society is proud to host a research symposium on Saturday, September 29, 2012, titled "Poetry & Print in Early America." This event is being held to mark the publication of A Bibliographical Description of Books and Pamphlets of American Verse Printed from 1610 Through 1820, compiled by Roger Stoddard and edited by David Whitesell and published by Penn State University Press. Both the publication of this landmark bibliography and the symposium are sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of America. The symposium will take place at the Society's library building, at 185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA, 01609.

The symposium will be preceded by the 29th annual James Russell Wiggins Lecture in the History of the Book in American Culture, on the evening of Friday, September 28. This year's lecture will be delivered by Vincent Carretta, professor of English at the University of Maryland, who will speak about his recently published biography of Phillis Wheatley.

The symposium will offer a rich set of conversations and papers by bibliographers, scholars, and book dealers and collectors about early American poetry. The opening keynote address will be given by David Shields, McClintock Professor of Southern Letters at the University of South Carolina and editor of the Library of America's volume of early American Poetry. The full program is available here.

Additional 
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To register for the symposium, please fill out the registration form available here. The registration fee is $30, which will include a reception following the symposium on Saturday evening.

AAS has reserved a limited number of hotel rooms for Friday and Saturday night at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel, located at 72 Grove Street in Worcester, within easy walking distance of the Society. The nightly rate is $129. To book a room, please call the Courtyard directly, at 508-363-0300, and specify that you are coming for the "AAS Poetry Conference."

If you have any questions, please contact Paul Erickson, Director of Academic Programs at AAS, at perickson@mwa.org.