Kofi Annan to deliver Robert Burns Memorial Lecture

Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan will deliver tonight the inaugural Robert Burns Memorial Lecture at the UN in New York. His topic is "The State of the World and the Brotherhood of Man.” The lecture series is named in honor of the poet and his “belief in the equality of mankind.”

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Supplement 2003 to the Coleridge Bibliography now online

The updated selective online Supplement 2003 to volumes I-III of the Coleridge Bibliography was released on December 12, 2003. The last to be prepared by Walter B. Crawford and Ann M. Crwaford, it contains a revised Preface and more than 400 annotated items (many illustrated), including about 70 added since the 2000 edition. It can be found at:

Supplement 2003 is hyperlinked to and from the Crawford Coleridge Collection Website:

and to and from the Coleridge Bibliography Website:

Keeping Shelley MSS together at the Bodleian

Dr. B. C. Barker-Benfield of the Bodleian Library at Oxford sends the following good news about keeping Mary Shelley's manuscripts together under one roof.

December 10, 2003
The Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford has been awarded £3 million from the National Heritage Memorial Fund towards the purchase of the Abinger Papers, an archive of major literary significance which includes the surviving manuscripts of Mary Shelley’s famous novel Frankenstein. It is the largest grant ever received by the Library towards a single purchase. [cont'd]

Messolonghi Byron Society

The Byron Society shares with us this new URL from Greece and the Messolonghi Byron Society, which is "devoted to promoting scholarly and general understanding of Lord Byron's life and poetry as well as cultivating appreciation for other historical figures in the 19th-century international Philhellenic movement."

Be sure to see the photo gallery.

"Crossing the Channel" in New York

Back on September 8, 2003, we posted a report from Andrew Elfenbein on an exhibit in Minneapolis, Crossing the Channel. The exhibit has since moved to New York’s Metropolitan Museum, and we’re pleased to have received this firsthand review of the exhibit by Karl Kroeber of Columbia University.

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NASSR 2004 in Colorado

We're happy to pass along this announcement from Jeff Cox about the upcoming NASSR conference in Boulder, CO.

I and the rest of the crew of Colorado Romanticists (David Ferris, Jill Heydt-Stevenson, and Jeffrey Robinson at Boulder, Brad Mudge in Denver, Susan Taylor in Colorado Springs, William Davis  at Colorado College,  Celestine Woo at Fort Lewis College and our graduate assistant, Terry Robinson) are looking forward to having everyone in Boulder next September for NASSR 2004, "Romantic Cosmopolitanism."


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