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This chronological narrative focuses on the human side of this major cultural landmark and explores the book’s social, cultural, literary and religious influence over four centuries, from Handel's "Messiah," Melville's "Moby-Dick", and Toni Morrison's "Song of Solomon" to the reading of Genesis – in the King James Bible version – by astronauts orbiting the Moon.
"Manifold Greatness" was organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. It is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford, with assistance from the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas. The traveling exhibition was made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The ASU Libraries, collaborating with the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies (SHPRS), the Department of English, and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS), are sponsoring several free programs for the public in connection with the exhibition during the week of Nov. 14.
A panel discussion is scheduled to take place at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 14, in Hayden Library room C6 East, with faculty from the Department of English.
That evening several faculty from SHPRS will participate in a discussion titled “The Dawn of King James Bible in America.” This event will take place at 7:30 p.m., in the Memorial Union, room 202, and refreshments will be served.
ACMRS will present their fall symposium, “Celebrating 400 Years of the King James Bible,” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 19, in Hayden Library Room C6 East.
All programs are free and open to the public.
Visit lib.asu.edu or contact Rachel Leket-Mor for more information. "Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible" will be on display at the Hayden Library through Dec. 16.