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Milton to Milton: The Legacy of J. Milton French

Thursday, October 19, 2017
through Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Alexander Library, Special Collections and University Archives


Michael Joseph

Opening Reception:
Thursday, October 19, 2017 | 4:00 p.m.
Remigio U. Pane Room | Alexander Library
169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ
RSVP online go.rutgers.edu/sactsoyu

Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries is delighted to present a new exhibition featuring highlights from the collection of J. (Joseph) Milton French, a former president of the Milton Society and professor and chair of the Department of English at Rutgers, where he taught from 1940 to 1960.

The collection, further developed by J. Milton French’s son David French, a professor of English at the University of Oklahoma, includes over 200 volumes published between 1600 and 1800, with rare first and early editions by John Milton, Ben Jonson, George Wither, Michael Drayton, John Suckling, and many other iconic figures in the history of English literature.

We will celebrate the opening of this extraordinary collection of rare printed books and manuscripts with a reception, featuring remarks by exhibition
curator Thomas C. Fulton, Ann Baynes Coiro, and other members of the Rutgers Department of English.

Fulton is the author of Historical Milton: Manuscript, Print, and Political Culture in Revolutionary England (2010). Baynes Coiro is the past president of the Milton Society of America and the winner of the James Holly Hanford Award for best article on Milton. She has written numerous essays and articles on John Milton and his contemporaries and is author of the seminal study Robert Herrick's "Hesperides" and the Epigram Book Tradition (1988).

Alexander Library
Special Collections and University Archives