Anthony Grafton

Anthony Grafton studied history, classics and history of science at the University of Chicago and University College London. He teaches European history at Princeton University, where he has worked since 1975. He has been a visiting professor at the Collège de France, the Louvre, the University of Munich, the Warburg Haus in Hamburg and Columbia University, and has held visiting fellowships at Merton and Pembroke Colleges, Oxford, and Christ’s and Trinity Colleges, Cambridge. He has received fellowships from the ACLS, the Cullman Center of the New York Public Library, the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and has been awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Balzan Prize for the History of the Humanities and the Mellon Foundation’s Distinguished Achievement Award. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society, a corresponding member of the British Academy, the Royal Dutch Academy and the Berlin- Brandenburg Academy of Sciences, and a foreign member of the Order Pour le Mérite. He holds honorary degrees from Bard College, Georgetown University, Leiden University and Oxford University. Grafton served for many years as a trustee of the American Academy in Rome, and was Resident in Renaissance Studies there during the spring of 2004. In 2011 he served as president of the American Historical Association, and in 2015 he was elected an honorary fellow of Trinity College Cambridge. His books include Joseph Scaliger: A Study in the History of Classical Scholarship (Oxford, 1983-93); Defenders of the Text (Harvard, 1991); The Footnote: A Curious History (Harvard, 1997); with Brian Curran, Pamela Long and Benjamin Weiss, Obelisk (MIT, 2008), and (with Joanna Weinberg) “I Have Always Loved the Holy Tongue.” Isaac Casaubon, the Jews, and A Forgotten Chapter in Renaissance Scholarship (Harvard, 2011). He has written articles and reviews for the TLS, the London Review of Books, the Nation, the New York Review of Books, the New Yorker and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

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The Library as Reality and Metaphor

Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at 2:30pm

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One of the habits of the mind is the invention of horrible imaginings. The mind has invented Hell, it has invented predestination to Hell, it has imagined the Platonic ideas, the chimera, the sphinx, abnormal transfinite numbers (whose parts are no smaller than the whole), masks, mirrors, operas, the teratological Trinity: the Father, the Son,… read more »