The Obscure Origins, Wonderful Life, and Shock Death of The Railway Library in British Fiction


The Obscure Origins, Wonderful Life, and Shock Death of The Railway Library in British Fiction
The December 2013 seminar in the book-collecting series organised jointly by the Institute of English Studies (London University) and the Rare Book Society was given by Professor John Spiers, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute and a Visiting Professor at the University of Glamorgan. He is also a distinguished publisher, having founded the Harvester Press in 1969. Beyond all that, he is a very serious book-collector, especially of Victorian books.

He is the editor of Gissing and the City : Cultural Crisis and the Making of Books in Late Victorian England 2006; Serious about Series : American ‘Cheap’ Libraries, British ‘Railway’ Libraries and some Literary Series of the 1890's 2007 and The Culture of the Publisher’s Series : Authors, Publishers and the Shaping of Taste 2011 – and these titles reflect the theme of the seminar – The Obscure Origins, Wonderful Life, and Shock Death of The Railway Library in British Fiction.

The seminar took place on Tuesday 10 December 2013 at Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU. 

The seminars are aimed at a broad audience including book-collectors, book-dealers, historians of all kinds, librarians, indeed at anyone with an interest in collecting any sort of text from the sixth-former to the retired professor. The atmosphere is informal, as are the presentations. They are held in the University of London’s Senate House and run from 6.00pm on the second Tuesday of each month. The seminars are free and open to the public. There is no need to book and all are very welcome.