On Thursday, 4 April, Mark Samuels Lasner will give the Josephine Gessner Ferguson lecture in English Literature at Tulane University in New Orleans. This annual endowed lecture, sponsored by the Tulane English department and the university library, brings to Tulane a distinguished speaker who can make the connection between literature and the book. Samuels Lasner’s topic, “Useful & Beautiful: The Books of William Morris,” is therefore an appropriate one. In his presentation he will use materials from his own collection and from Tulane’s special collections to give an overview of Morris’s multiple role as author, collector, designer, typographer, and publisher and treat Morris’s impact on the book in his time and our own.
Samuels Lasner is also participating in a 13 March “collectors’ forum” at the Grolier Club associated with the exhibition, American Little Magazines of the 1890s. In addition he is speaking about dandyism on 9 May at one of a series of informal discussions hosted by the Providence Athenaeum in connection with Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion (see below).