Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Mark Samuels Lasner at the Corcoran


Oscar Gives Himself Away:
Reading Wilde’s Presentation Copies

Mark Samuels Lasner
Lecture & Reception
Friday, April 24th, 3 p,m.
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Armand Hammer Auditorium
500 17th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C.
Mark Samuels Lasner is a recognized authority on the literature and art of the Victorian period. A graduate of Connecticut College, he has served as an honorary curator at several institutions and is active in numerous bibliophile and scholarly organizations. His life’s work has, however, been the amassing of what Mr. Samuels Lasner calls “A Period Library,” one of the country’s foremost private collections of books, manuscripts, letters, and artworks by British cultural figures who flourished between 1850 and 1900. The materials in his collection—particularly those relating to Aubrey Beardsley, Max Beerbohm, Oscar Wilde, and other writers and artists of the 1890s—have provided the basis for numerous publications and exhibitions. Mr. Samuels Lasner is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Delaware Library, which now houses the larger portion of his collection.

Co-sponsored by the Corcoran College of Art + Design and the George Washington University’s English Department and its Wang Endowed Fund in English Literature & Literary Studies

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