About the Keats-Shelley Association of America
In the first decade of this century the Keats-Shelley Memorial Association (American Committee) was organized in New York. Simultaneously, Committees were formed in Rome and England, with the joint purpose of purchasing and endowing the maintenance of the house in Rome, at 26 Piazza Di Spagna, where Keats had died in 1821.
The Committees were also to see to the ongoing care of the graves of Keats, Shelley, and their associates in the Protestant Cemetery of Rome. The house was purchased in 1907 and formally dedicated as a memorial, including a scholarly library, in 1909.
In 1949 the American Committee was incorporated as the Keats-Shelley Association of America. Almost immediately the KSAA began planning for a scholarly journal, to be published annually, dedicated to the study of Keats, Shelley, Byron, Hunt, and their circles. The first volume of the Keats-Shelley Journal appeared in 1952 and included articles, news, and notes, as well as the distinctive Bibliography on the younger Romantics that remains one of the Journal's strengths.
The work of the Keats-Shelley Association of America continues, not only in the publication of the Keats-Shelley Journal but in its organizing of and support for such landmark events as the Keats Bicentennial Conference at Harvard University in 1995, and the Mary Shelley Bicentennial Conference in New York in 1997. The Association also presents an award each year to the best new essay on the younger Romantics, an annual Distinguished Scholar Award, and the Carl H. Pforzheimer, Jr., Research Grants. The KSAA has also devised a Mentoring Project to connect junior scholars in the crucial early stages of their careers with knowledgeable mentors.
To join the Keats-Shelley Association of America (and receive the Keats-Shelley Journal), contact the Keats-Shelley Association of America, Room 226, The New York Public Library, 476 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018-2788, or email the Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org
Board of Directors, KSAA
Directors: Stuart Curran (President), Steven E. Jones (Vice-President), Robert A. Hartley (Secretary-Treasurer), Jerome H. Buff, William T. Buice III, Doucet D. Fischer, Neil Fraistat, Anthony D. Knerr, Alice J. Levine, Leslie Morris, Robert M. Ryan, Alan Richardson, David H. Stam, Jack Stillinger, Gerald N. Wachs, Susan Wolfson
Honorary Directors: Donald H. Reiman, Charles Ryskamp, Aileen Ward