Professor Andrew Delbanco to Discuss New Book on Herman Melville

NEW YORK, September 21, 2006 The Friends of the Columbia Libraries are pleased to sponsor a lecture and book-signing next month by Andrew Delbanco, Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia. Delbanco will discuss his new book, Melville: His World and Work, and will respond to questions from the audience. The event will take place on Thursday, October 5 at 6:00 p.m., in Room 203 of Butler Library, on Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus.


Delbanco, who has been named “America’s best social critic” by Time magazine, writes prolifically on American literature and culture. He is the author of The Death of Satan: How Americans Have Lost the Sense of Evil, Required Reading: Why Our American Classics Matter Now, and The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope, all of which were New York Times Notable Books. Delbanco’s The Puritan Ordeal won the Lionel Trilling Award from Columbia University. Delbanco has edited Writing New England, The Portable Abraham Lincoln, volume two of The Sermons of Ralph Waldo Emerson (with Teresa Toulouse), and, with Alan Heimert, The Puritans in America. His essays appear regularly in The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The New York Times Book Review, Raritan, and other journals.


A member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Delbanco was chosen as the 2003 New York State Scholar of the Year by the New York Council for the Humanities. He is a trustee of the National Humanities Center and of the Library of America, has served as vice president of PEN American Center, and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Delbanco will be introduced by James G. Neal, University Librarian and Vice President for Information Services. The book signing and a reception from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. will follow the program in Butler Library, Room 523. To attend the lecture, please respond to or 212-854-4768.

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