Book History Seminar: LGBTQ+ Publishing History

Our next Book History Seminar will take place on Wednesday 13 January at 1pm.

In this live-only seminar, we will discuss factors affecting the publication and circulation of LGBTQ+ fiction in postwar Britain. We will examine how obscenity statutes and laws criminalising homosexuality impacted everything from a book’s text, to its cover design, to how and where it was sold. Examples will be drawn from the speaker’s personal collection.

Speaker: Christopher A. Adams

Christopher Adams is a writer and bibliographer. He is the editor of several plays in The Collected Works of John Ford (OUP) and has, over the years, served as a lab instructor on the ‘Introduction to the Principles of Descriptive Bibliography’ course at Rare Book School. He is currently a doctoral student at the Institute of English Studies, University of London. Christopher also works as a playwright and screenwriter. His plays include Tumulus (Soho Theatre), Antigone (Actors of Dionysus), and Finding Mr Hart (Being Human Festival). 


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