Craig Kallendorf is Professor of English and Classics at Texas A&M University, where he has taught book history at both the undergraduate and graduate levels for thirty-five years.  He is the author or editor of twenty-five books and almost 150 articles and reference entries, with a focus on the relationship of the book as physical object to the content it carries.  Kallendorf was the associate editor for antiquity and the Italian Renaissance for The Oxford Companion to the Book.  He has catalogued two collections of Renaissance books, as recorded in Aldine Press Books at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center: A Descriptive Catalogue and A Catalogue of the Junius Spencer Morgan Collection of Virgil in the Princeton University Library, and his two earlier bibliographies of Renaissance Italian editions of Virgil formed the basis of his A Bibliography of the Early Printed Editions of Virgil, 1469-1850.  A special interest in Renaissance Venice appeared first in Virgil and the Myth of Venice: Books and Readers in the Italian Renaissance, then in the conference he organized in 2007 with Lisa Pon and the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing on “The Book in Venice.”  Kallendorf’s latest book, entitled Printing Vigil: The Transformations of the Classics in the Renaissance (2019), argues that the reception of the classics in the Renaissance cannot be understood without a thorough knowledge of the early printed editions through which readers of the period encountered them. His research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Loeb Classical Library Foundation.

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