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Speaker Series: A Shelf Reading of Shakespeare & Walking Tour with Dr. Earle Havens

December 9 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Please join us for a unique event with Dr. Earle Havens, the Nancy H. Hall Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, and Director of the Virginia Fox Stern Center for the History of the Book in the Renaissance at Johns Hopkins University. For this program, he will share his personal and professional take on the Charleston Library Society’s recently donated and fully catalogued “crown jewel”: the H.E. Igoe Shakespeare Collection of rare books and objets d’art. The evening will include a walking tour of the collection and lecture by Dr. Havens. Tickets are $10 for CLS Members and $15 for nonmembers.

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About Earle Havens:

Dr. Earle Havens holds a PhD in History and Renaissance Studies from Yale University, where he has continued to serve as a member of the Library Committee of the Elizabethan Club of Yale since 2003, tasked with opening and sharing the Shakespearean treasures of the rare book “bank vault” of its clubhouse.

His scholarly research and publications have focused on the more subversive and subterranean aspects of early print and manuscript culture, from Renaissance literary forgeries (Shakespearean and otherwise), to illicit printing and book smuggling within the Elizabethan Catholic underground, to the decipherment of private manuscript annotations left in the margins of early books—the rough equivalent of looking over the shoulders of Renaissance readers from 400+ years ago, and piecing together their original thoughts and reactions. His research has been most recently supported by fellowships at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and All Souls College at Oxford University, and has resulted partly in the on-line Archaeology of Reading digital project:


December 9
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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