"A real treasure trove for book lovers." Alexander McCall Smith
What the Victorians Made of Romanticism has been shortlisted for the Saltire Society Research Book of the Year 2018. The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Edinburgh on November 30.
What the Victorians Made of Romanticism has received the commendation (i.e. runner up) for the DeLong Prize for Book History presented by the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) for ‘the best book on any aspect of the creation, dissemination, or uses of script or print published in the previous year’. The award was announced at the SHARP conference in Sydney on 12 July 2018. The winning book was Eric Marshall White’s Editio Princeps: A History of the Gutenberg Bible.
I’m pleased to say that I’ve been promoted to a personal chair in English Literature and Book History at the University of Edinburgh.
The Journal of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society has published a review of The Broadview Introduction to Book History. The reviewer, Stephen W. Brown of Trent University, describes the book as ‘a compact and accessible primer that wears its considerable erudition with comfortable humility’. He writes: ‘the authors have adopted an appropriately conversational tone that conveys the unabashed pleasure they take from their subject, one that gives their prose the feel of a personal tutorial with that rare breed of tutor whose passion makes you want to study whatever they’re teaching.’ The review appears in JEBS 12 (2017), 87-89.
Interacting with Print: Keywords for the Age of Print Saturation has been published by the University of Chicago Press. This is a ‘multigraph’ written by a collective of 22 scholars with the help of a dedicated wiki. It’s the major output of the Interacting with Print research group, which I led from 2008-2013. Writing it was an incredible collaborative experience, which completely changed my understanding of how scholars in the humanities might work together. The book offers a new approach to the history of print culture in Europe from 1750-1900, based on the concept of interactivity. We hope it will turn out to be an important intervention in the field, stimulating future work.
I’ll be launching my new book What the Victorians Made of Romanticism at Blackwell’s book shop on Edinburgh’s South Bridge on 11 January at 6.30pm. Come along to hear me talk about the book, enjoy a glass of wine and buy a signed copy! Thanks to Princeton University Press for supporting the event and Blackwell’s book shop for hosting it. If you’re in Edinburgh, get your free ticket here and come along.
Next Wednesday I’ll be interviewing the wonderful poet and essayist Kathleen Jamie for the Centre for the History of the Book annual public lecture. Kathleen Jamie is one of the most important and original writers of poetry and prose working in Scotland today. Her work has won an Eric Gregory Award, a Forward Poetry Prize, and a Costa Poetry Award, among many other distinctions. I’ll be asking her about the material forms her work takes in the world, from books of poetry, to collaborations with artists, to site-specific installations. You can read all about the event here, as well as booking a ticket. It’s free to attend and open to everyone.