The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 12.0587  Monday, 12 March 2001

From:           Andrew Murphy <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Monday, 12 Mar 2001 17:14:14 +0000
Subject:        Libraries & Chairs

I wonder whether anyone on the list could help me with two queries:

1. In the Preface to his 1857-66 edition of Shakespeare, Richard Grant
White acknowledges the access he has been given to the private
collections of Thomas Barton & James Lenox. He also says that the copy
of F1 that he 'constantly used', was that held in the Astor Library --
formerly owned by the Duke of Buckingham. Could anybody point me in the
direction of some information on the Astor Library?

2. Would anyone happen to know when the first US English chair
specifically dedicated to Shakespeare studies was established? I know
that F. J. Child was appointed as Harvard's first ever professor of
English in 1876 and that he taught Shakespeare (among other things).
But when was the first American chair in Shakespeare studies

Many thanks in advance.


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