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Hidden Hands: Amanuenses and Authorship in Early Modern Europe

Ann Blair, Harvard University

Blair examines the often-overlooked help and support scholars received in early Modern Europe.

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March 17, 18, and 20, 2014. Lectures begin 5:30pm @ Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center
Orrery Pavilion, Kislak Center, 6th Floor Van Pelt-Dietrich Library
Open to the Public
detail from [The Alchemist] Tiré du Cabinet de Mr. le Brun

Intellectual work in early Modern Europe was rarely performed alone, despite literary and iconographical representations to the contrary--scholars worked with others in many ways. In these lectures, Professor Blair focuses on the family members, students, and servants who served as amanuenses by helping an author or scholar in the process of composing and writing.


  • Monday, March 17, 2014: Hidden Helpers
  • Tuesday, March 18, 2014: Hands and Minds at Work
  • Thursday, March 20, 2014: Authors and Amanuenses

Event Series

Man standing in front of wall of bookshelves holding open book

The A.S.W. Rosenbach Lectures in Bibliography

The Rosenbach Lectures are the longest continuing series of bibliographical lectureships in the United States. Rosenbach Fellows typically present three lectures over a period of one-two weeks.

Featured image: Detail from [The Alchemist] Tiré du Cabinet de Mr. le Brun., (Engraving) [17--]. Rare Book & Manuscript Library, E. F. Smith Collection.