The Anglo-German Reading Nation, 1750-1850 colloquium is in tribute to William St Clair (1937–2021). St Clair was the author of many other books, including Lord Elgin and the Marbles , OUP, 1998), The Grand Slave Emporium: Cape Coast Castle and the British Slave Trade (2006), and That Greece Might Still Be Free (OBP, 2008), the pilot-project of Open Book Publishers, for which St Clair served as co-director with Alessandra Tosi and Rupert Gatti. In 2018, St Clair reflected on 'The First Ten Years of OBP'. William's latest book was published posthumously in 2022: Who Saved the Parthenon? A New History of the Acropolis Before, During and After the Greek Revolution by OBP.
Mindful of some of the intriguing examinations of reading in William St Clair’s The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period—access to books (particularly costs); the brief copyright window of 1774–1808 when texts of ‘the old canon’ enter public domain; the impact of texts on readers days, weeks, or centuries removed from the writing of the text, and; lack of chronological linearity in reading—our fourth colloquium looks forward to further exploration of William St Clair's insights and examinations within the context of Anglo-German reading and readers from 1750–1850.