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    A collector of Victorian books, manuscripts, and artworks, Mark has recently donated his collection to the University of Delaware Library. For more about the collection, please see To honor this gift, the library is putting on an exhibition “Victorian Passions: Stories from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection,” curated by Margaret D. Stetz, on view in the Special Collections Gallery, UD Library, from February 14-June 3, 2017.

    The University is hosting a symposium, “Celebrating the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection: Rare Books and Manuscripts, Victorian Literature and Art,” on March 17-18, 2017. Elaine Showalter will be the keynote speaker and participants include Mark Dimunation (Library of Congress), Barbara Heritage (Rare Book School, University of Virginia), Edward Maggs (Maggs Bros. Ltd., London), Joseph Bristow (UCLA), Linda K. Hughes (Texas Christian University), Margaretta S. Frederick (Delaware Art Museum), William S. Peterson (Emeritus, University of Maryland), David Taylor (UK historian and author), and Margaret D. Stetz (University of Delaware).

    Due to the exhibitions focus on the late 19th century, Mark thought that members of the Jerome K. Jerome would be interested in this event and exhibition.

    The symposium is free and open to the public, but registration in advance is requested. More information, including online registration, will be available at In addition, hotel arrangements have been made at:
    Homewood Suites
    640 S. College Ave., Newark, DE 19713
    Anyone booking rooms should reference “Mark Samuels Lasner Symposium” for the room block and discount rate.

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