This lecture at the Beinecke on Monday 28th July at 5:15pm, will outline Mr. Tanselle's personal summary of the basic tenets of bibliography, as formed during a lifetime of bibliographical study. It touches on many aspects of the book world (including bibliographical scholarship, textual criticism, collecting, reading, and librarianship), criticizing certain current practices but also offering a comprehensive vision of the field as a humanistic discipline.
G. Thomas Tanselle is a former vice president of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and adjunct professor of English at Columbia University. He has written and lectured extensively on bibliographical and textual matters and is a co-editor of the Northwestern-Newberry Edition of the writings of Herman Melville. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Library of America, serving as its textual consultant.