“Inessential Work: What COVID Has Taught Us About Reading.”

The 2022 Paul and June Schlueter Lecture in the Art and History of the Book lecture will be presented by Dr. Leah Price on November 7, 2022 at 4:15 in the Gendebien Room in Skillman Library. 

Dr. Leah Price is the Henry Rutgers Distinguished Professor of English, and founder and director of the Rutgers Initiative for the Book. She teaches courses in the novel, eighteenth and nineteenth-century British, and occasionally French culture, in addition to book history. Her books include What We Talk About When We Talk About Books (Basic Books, 2019), How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain (Princeton UP, 2012; Patten Prize, Channing Prize, honorable mention for James Russell Lowell Prize) and The Anthology and the Rise of the Novel (Cambridge UP, 2000). She also edited Unpacking my Library: Writers and their Books (Yale UP, 2011); Literary Secretaries/Secretarial Culture (with Pamela Thurschwell); and (with Seth Lerer) a cluster of essays of PMLA on The History of the Book and the Idea of Literature. In addition, Leah also writes for the New York Times Book Review, London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe and Public Books (where she is century module for HarvardX’s online course on the history of the book. also a section editor), and designed the nineteenth-century module for HarvardX’s online course on the history of the book.