Network Project Officer Dr Gavin Schwartz-Leeper has been awarded a Warwick Transatlantic Fellowship to conduct research at the Newberry Library in Chicago on a new project entitled 'The Art of Richard Grafton'. The project will examine the long-neglected literary style, heritage, and impact of Richard Grafton (c.1511–1573), printer to Edward VI. Grafton’s centrality to the mid-Tudor printing industry is well-known, but his roles as author and editor have been almost entirely neglected by previous scholarship. This project will seek to fill this gap by demonstrating Grafton's role as a text creator. It will examine Grafton's texts and their impact from inception through to patronage, authorship, publication, sale, and readership. Furthermore, while the Reformation had a clear impact on English history-writing and print culture, Grafton's multi-faceted career shows how important and complex wider European cultures of authorship, printing, and reading were in mid-Tudor England. This Fellowship was also awarded to enable Gavin to attend the Aldine Centennial Symposium on Renaissance Print Culture at the Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library.
This Fellowship is provided through the generosity of the Centre for the Study of the Renaissance and the Humanities Research Centre at the University of Warwick, and the Newberry Library. A workshop based on the preliminary research conducted at the Newberry is provisionally planned for September 2015. For more information on the project, or to register interest in attending the workshop, please contact g dot e dot schwartz-leeper at warwick dot ac dot uk.