Where: NYC’s Grolier Club
When: November 18, 2010, 6 p.m.
Hoboken, NJ November 4, 2010. Peter Booth Wiley, Chairman of the Board of Directors of John Wiley & Sons, Inc, will provide a look at the early American publishing business in a lecture being presented in conjunction with the exhibit John Wiley & Sons: 200 Years of Publishing at the Grolier Club (www.grolierclub.org), the oldest and largest bibliophile club in North America. The exhibit, which is on display through November 20 and includes 236 rare and first Wiley editions, traces the development of the publishing industry, the growth of the United States, the evolution of modern science, and the emergence of a global community.
On Thursday, November 18, at 6 p.m., Mr. Wiley will discuss the company’s role in the formative years of American literature from 1807 – 1848.
The company’s founder, Charles Wiley, hosted early American authors James Fenimore Cooper, William Cullen Bryant, and others at his Wall Street location called the “Den.” First editions by these authors and Washington Irving are included as well as the first magazine printing of The Star-Spangled Banner under its original title, Defence of Fort M’Henry (1814). In partnership with George Putnam, and on his own, Charles’ son John published the next generation of landmark nineteenth century American authors. Examples on exhibition include first editions of both versions of Herman Melville’s Typee (1846 and 1848), Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales and The Raven and Other Poems (1845) as well as Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Mosses from an Old Manse (1846).
A journalist and author, Peter Booth Wiley coauthored Knowledge For Generations: Wiley and the Global Publishing Industry 1807-2007, to mark the Company’s bicentennial. Previously, he wrote National Trust Guide San Francisco: America’s Guide for Architecture and History Travelers; A Free Library in This City; The Illustrated History of the San Francisco Public Library; and Yankees in the Land of the Gods: Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan. His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Columbia Journalism Review, The Nation, Psychology Today, Sierra Club, and Library Journal, among other publications.
Like the exhibition itself, this event is free and open to the public.
John Wiley & Sons: 200 Years of Publishing is accompanied by an illustrated catalog with an introduction by Mr. Wiley. An online version of the exhibit and catalog can be accessed at www.wiley.com.
Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has been a valued source of information and understanding for more than 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 400 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Peace.
Our core businesses publish scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, encyclopedias, books, and online products and services; professional/trade books, subscription products, training materials, and online applications and Web sites; and educational materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners. Wiley’s global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company’s Web site can be accessed at http://www.wiley.com. The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JWb.
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