An international conference at Yale University
October 8 - 9, 2004
In commemoration of the the 250th anniversary of Fielding's death
on 8 October 1754
Yale University, long known as a center for 18th-century studies, will host a celebration of one of the most renowned and enduringly popular writers of the era, Henry Fielding. This self-described “great, tattered bard,” perhaps best known today for The History of Tom Jones, was also the author of twenty-five plays that garnered popular acclaim as well as government censorship.
The conference will take place October 8 and 9, 2004 on the Yale campus at the Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT. The conference is free and open to the public, but advance registration is appreciated. The conference, sponsored by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in collaboration with the Yale Center for British Art and the Lewis Walpole Library, brings together an international roster of scholars to consider the continuing interest and influence of Fielding's works, as well as the relationship between Henry Fielding and his sister Sarah, herself a popular novelist. The conference organizers, Claude Rawson and Jill Campbell of the Yale University English Department, together with Vincent Giroud, former Curator of Modern Books and Munscripts at the Beinecke Library, have convened a schedule that will feature twelve speakers in four sessions over two days.
The Beinecke Library, which holds a core collection of important Fielding editions, as well as sample manuscript materials, will present an exhibition based on its holdings beginning in mid-August and continuing through mid-October. Two plays by Fielding, Eurydice and Miss Lucy in Town will be presented at Saybrook College (part of Yale University) in conjunction with the conference.