Pathy Lecture by Thomas Keymer to be broadcast on Zoom

Image of the pillory for Tom Keymer's lecture

The first Friends of Fisher lecture is scheduled for Thursday September 24. Owing to the library's continued closure due to Covid-19, the lecture will be broadcast via Zoom. There will be an opportunity for an audience Question and Answer after the lecture. Here are the details, along with registration details below.

The Alexander C. Pathy Lecture on the Book Arts

Dr. Thomas Keymer will speak on Authorship, Print, and Sedition in Eighteenth-Century England

Date: Thursday 24 September 2020

Time: 6:00 pm

On the lapse of the Licensing Act in 1695, wrote the great nineteenth-century historian Thomas Macaulay, “English literature was emancipated, and emancipated for ever, from the control of the government.” Not quite. Pre-publication censorship was at an end; post-publication retribution took over. This lecture considers the consequences for print culture of seditious libel prosecution and the sanction of the pillory, and draws conclusions from exemplary cases involving authors and other book-trade professionals between 1630 and 1820.

Bio: Dr. Thomas Keymer is University Professor and Chancellor Jackman Professor, University of Toronto.


Please email Anna Maria Romano ( by Friday 18 September to let us know that you are planning to join us. We will send you the Zoom link and other details after we have heard from you.

This lecture has been captioned.



This year's Pathy Lecture, by Prof. Thomas Keymer, will be broadcast via Zoom. Please visit our web site to register.