We interview Anthony Tedeschi one of the speakers at the upcoming Symposium Jane Austen: The Good, The Bad and The Undressed. Anthony previously hosted an over subscribed talk for us at the National Library. Those of you who missed out last time will get the see the first editions.
Do you have any Nicknames?
Who is your favorite author and why?
Nearly impossible to pick just one as an outright favourite, but I’m currently rereading the works of Umberto Eco. ‘Impishly humorous and robustly intellectual’ to quote the Guardian. Who wouldn’t love that?
Are you a good boy or a bad boy?
Have to meet me to find out.
What makes you good or bad?
See above. I’m not giving the game away!
What are your Credentials?
I am presently employed as Curator Rare Books and Fine Printing at the Alexander Turnbull Library, part of the National Library of New Zealand. Prior to this appointment, I worked for the University of Melbourne, first as Deputy Curator of Special Collections and then Curator of Rare Books. Previous to that I spent six years as Rare Books Librarian in the Heritage Collections, Dunedin City Library. I hold an MA in English Literature with Distinction from the University of Otago and an MLS degree from Indiana University with a specialisation in rare books and manuscripts librarianship. My research interests cover various aspects of book history, focusing primarily on pre-1801 British and Continental books, and I have published on such topics as provenance evidence, book collecting, late medieval manuscripts and early-printed books.
Anthony will be showing us some of the relevant books from the Alexander Turnbull Collection