Discovering True Histories
NEW YORK, March 4, 2011 –

The Book History Colloquium at Columbia University is pleased to present "The Secret History of a Booker Prize Winner: Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang", a lecture from Australian Research Council Professional Fellow Paul Eggert, on Thursday, March 10th at 6pm in Butler Library. This is the third lecture in the Book History Colloquium, a continuing series exploring book history, print culture, the book arts, and bibliographical research.


When Peter Carey's book, True History of the Kelly Gang, was published in 2000, it was one of the last significant works of literature to appear in a century that has seen remarkable advances in the technology of book production. In examining the Booker Prize winning novel, Paul Eggert revealed intriguing conclusions on the nature of collaboration and publication.

Paul Eggert is a Professor of English at the University of New South Wales at ADFA, Canberra, where he has served as the general editor of the Academy Editions of Australian Literature. Eggert was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 for service to Australian society and literature.

The Book History Colloquium series is free and open to the public. All events are held on Columbia's Morningside Campus in Butler Library's room 523 from 6:00-7:30 PM. For detailed speaker information or information on upcoming events, please visit /content/libraryweb/indiv/rbml/exhibitions/bhc.html or e-mail Gerald Cloud at

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