Monthly Archives: May 2006

Guest Lecture Professor Robert Darnton

On Wednesday 14 June, Professor Robert Darnton (Princeton University) will give a guest lecture at the University of Utrecht on the history of books and the connections between oral and printed means of communication. His lecture is entitled:  “Mlle  Bonafon and the Private Life of Louis XV: Communication Networks in 18th-Century France."   

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Oxygen – a play about Joseph Priestley and his scientific competitors

Details about the play Oxygen by Carl Djerassi and Roald Hoffmann can be found on the following website: Thanks to Christoph Roehrig for this information!

British Fiction, 1800-1829: A Database of Production, Circulation, and Reception

I recently came across an interesting website entitled "British Fiction, 1800–1829: A Database of Production, Circulation, and Reception" ( The website "allows users to examine bibliographical records of 2,272 works of fiction written by approximately 900 authors, along with a large number of contemporary materials (including anecdotal records, circulating-library catalogues, newspaper advertisements, reviews, and subscription lists)". It also includes an article on subscription lists:

P. D. Garside, ‘Subscribing Fiction in Britain, 1780-1829’, Cardiff Corvey: Reading the Romantic Text 11 (Dec 2003): <>.