William Golden Tribute, Helen Vendler Lecture To Mark ATBL’s 30th Anniversary

On Monday, April 6, 2009 The American Trust for the British Library on the occasion of its 30th Anniversary held a Lecture and Dinner honoring William T. Golden with Helen Vendler, Poetry Critic, on the Sonnets of John Keats.  It was held at The Century Association in New York City.

Honoring William T. Golden

Catherine Morrison Golden, Helen Vendler, Sibyl R. Golden

Catherine Morrison Golden, Helen Vendler, Sibyl R. Golden

The event honored Bill Golden whose leadership of the American Trust for the British Library dates to the late 1970s who died October 2007.  He was the co-chairman of the ATBL at the time of his death.  Mr. Golden, along with the late Viscount David Eccles and the late Douglas Bryant, the ATBL’s founding directors, was instrumental in nurturing the American Trust in its fledgling days.  His generosity also accounted for much of the replenishment of the British Library’s American collections and its Judaica, during the early 1980s.  For the last two decades he continued to lead the ATBL, inspiring many of his numerous friends to join its ranks as significant benefactors.

Much-honored Author and Reviewer of Contemporary Poetry

Helen Vendler

Helen Vendler

Professor Helen Vendler of Harvard University has published widely in such journals as The New York Review of Books and The London Review of Books.  She has written books on Yeats, Keats, Shakespeare, Wallace Stevens and other poets.  Currently, she holds the A. Kingsley Porter University Professorship at Harvard where she received her doctorate in English and American Literature.  Ms. Vendler’s talk was on some of the sonnets of John Keats, a giant in the world of 19th-century English poetry.  Bill Golden was a life-long lover of English poetry.

See more photos of the Event

A Special Donation

As a tribute to Mr. Golden, the ATBL wants to help the British Library complete the work of cataloging the Hebrew Manuscripts and adding them online to the Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts, including highlights such as the Golden Haggadah, the Barcelona Haggadah and the Lisbon Bible.  ATBL had already raised and granted $30,000 towards this project.  This event has raised an additional $12,000 for the project.

If you would like to make a special tax-deductible contribution towards this project in honor of William Golden, you can send a check to:

244 Fifth Avenue, Suite 285, New York, NY 10001
Please indicate Hebrew Manuscripts Project on the memo line.

Or you can Donate Online Now towards the Hebrew Manuscripts

2 Responses

  1. Is there a video recording of her lecture?

    • There is no video recording, but we will be getting a transcript of Ms. Vendler’s lecture. If you would like a copy, please email info@atbl.us. We have been publishing the Breslauer lecture series which are available as booklets.

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