"Humanists with Dirty Fingers: Correctors in the Renaissance Printing House" Pforzheimer Lecture with Anthony Grafton
Thu, March 31, 2011 • 7:00 PM • Harry Ransom Center
For the 2011 Pforzheimer Lecture, Anthony Grafton, Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University, presents "Humanists with Dirty Fingers: Correctors in the Renaissance Printing House."
Grafton explores the largely forgotten world of Renaissance correctors: the print professionals who not only corrected proofs, but readied copy for the press, drew up prefaces and tables of contents, complied indexes, and wrote blurbs. Surviving sources make it possible to show that correctors, though underpaid and often badly treated, played several vital roles in the printing shop. The modern editor, the modern desk editor, and the modern literary agent trace their professional ancestry back to these poor devils of literature.
Co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies and the Institute for Historical Studies at The University of Texas at Austin