Martha Driver


Margery Kempe Elizabeth Pickering

Martha Driver is Distinguished Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at Pace University in New York City. A co-founder of the Early Book Society for the study of manuscripts and printing history, she writes about the early history of publishing, illustration from manuscript to print, and book production.  In addition to publishing some 75 articles in these areas, she has edited twenty-seven journals, including the annual Journal of the Early Book Society. Among her books are The Image in Print: Book Illustration in Late Medieval England (British Library Publications and University of Toronto) and fascicle four of An Index of Images in English MSS, with Michael Orr (Brepols). With Veronica O’Mara in 2013, she contributed to and edited Preaching the Word in Manuscript and Print in Late Medieval England: Essays in Honour of Susan Powell. Her recent essays discuss illustrations in early printed editions, annotations by later readers in medieval and early modern books, and late medieval manuscript illustration. The latest appeared in The Edinburgh History of Reading: A World Survey from Antiquity to the Present in 2020.;; 

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