Registration open

Modernist and Twentieth-Century Publishing Houses

We are pleased to invite you to the C20 Publishing symposium taking place at the University of Reading’s Archives & Special Collections/the Museum of English Rural Life, Redlands Road, next Friday the 26th June.

I’m attaching the programme for the day here.

The event is free and open to all: if you would like to attend please could you let me know in advance so I can keep a tab on the numbers for catering purposes?

All best,


Modernist and Twentieth-Century Publishing Houses 

University of Reading


10:00-10:30 Registration and Coffee

10:30 Welcome and Introductions (Nicola Wilson and Claire Battershill)


Iain Stevenson (University College London) “Grant Richards. The first Modern(ist) Publisher?”

Bradford Haas (Washington Adventist University) “Hand-Crafted Masterpieces: How Private Presses Helped Shape the Modernist Canon”

11:35-12:00 Coffee


Mercedes Aguirre (British Library) “Nancy Cunard’s The Hours Press and French Surrealism”

Lise Jaillant (University of East Anglia) “‘Classics behind Plate Glass’: Virginia Woolf and Publishers’ Series”

1:00-2:00 Lunch


Adam Guy (University of Oxford) “‘The James Joyces and Virginia Woolfs of the future’: John Calder and the Postwar Question of Modernism”

Matthew Sperling (University of Reading) “From Faber to Fulcrum: Publishing Late-Modernist Poetry in the Long 1960s”

3:00-3:30 Break


Simon Eliot (School of Advanced Study, University of London) “Ministry of Information Project and Publishing 1939-45”

Nicola Wilson and Claire Battershill (University of Reading) “Digitizing the Hogarth Press: Archives, Networks and Bibliography”

4:30-5:00 Open Discussion: The State of the Field

5:00-6:00 Reception