Sponsored by The Grolier Club
Four hundred years after Lady Mary Wroth became the first English woman to publish a long work of prose fiction, her story still harbors secrets and unsettled ghosts. In this talk, book detective Vanessa “V.M.” Braganza will discuss how, in 2019, she stumbled on the sole known surviving book from Wroth’s lost library, based on the cryptic monogram on its binding. Braganza’s talk will unfold the decoding of Wroth’s monogram and its meanings, as well as Braganza’s quest to identify Wroth’s bookbinder – and what it really means to judge a book by its cover in the context of burgeoning interest in the history of women’s libraries.
V.M. Braganza is a public-facing intellectual and a PhD candidate in English at Harvard. She writes for Smithsonian, Lithub, Mental Floss, and the L.A. Review of Books. Her academic work has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals and volumes, including the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Women’s Writing in English. Her first book project is titled The Secret-Seekers: Renaissance Writers and the Birth of Code. She was co-coordinator of Harvard’s Renaissance Colloquium in 2020-21. A curator whose past work includes programming at the Library of Congress, she is the lead curator of the exhibit “500 Years of Women Authors, Authorizing Themselves,” on display at Harvard’s Houghton Library until March 11. Formerly an Echols Scholar, Braganza graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Medieval and Renaissance Literature from the University of Virginia. She is a member of the Foundation of St. John’s College, Cambridge, where she earned her M.Phil. with Distinction in Renaissance Literature. In 2022, she was named a Harvard Horizons Scholar and Bowdoin Prize recipient. She is also a JD candidate at Columbia Law School, where she specializes in constitutional law.
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