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‘Napoleon Comes to America: The Publishing of Sir Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1827)’

Michael Winship ENGLISH

Fri, April 27, 2012 | Tom Lea Rooms, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center 3.206

2:45 PM - 4:30 PM

In June 1827 Walter Scott published his nine-volume Life of Napoleon Buonaparte.  Following upon his 1826 insolvency, this work was intended to make a profit.  Scott announced in February that his Napoleon would be “published in ... Edinburgh, London, Paris, Leipzig, Berlin, and Vienna, on the same day,” and for the first time Scott negotiated for the foreign publication rights to his work.  This seminar talk will pursue the context as well as the details of the publication of the work in the United States.   

Michael Winship is a bibliographer and historian of the book who has written extensively on American literary publishing.  He edited and completed the final three volumes of Bibliography of American Literature, for which he received the bibliography prize of the International League ofAntiquarian Booksellers, and served as an editor of and contributor to the recently completed five-volume A History of the Book in America.

Sponsored by: Faculty Seminar on British Studies

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