Exhibit curated by Margaret D. Stetz, PhD, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and Professor of Humanities

Department of Women and Gender Studies

University of Delaware

This electronic exhibition assembles materials from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection that were first displayed on 1 November 2014 as part of “Remembering the Great War,” a symposium sponsored by the UD Office of Alumni Relations. Although the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection is usually associated with first editions, periodicals, works on paper, manuscripts, correspondence, etc., from the middle to the end of the nineteenth century in Britain, it is also rich in material from the period of the First World War, some of it with transatlantic connections.

Divided into four sections, the exhibition presents a range of literary and visual responses to life during wartime, whether intended for public consumption or for private circulation. Most of the items are rare, and many are unique, including a number of unpublished letters and manuscripts, along with previously unknown variants of published works and inscribed copies of books. 

Selections from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection, on loan to the University of Delaware Library. Max Beerbohm images © Estate of Max Beerbohm. Title image John Sargent, "Original Studies for 'Gassed'," in Captain H. Cotton Minchin, ed., The Legion Book (London: privately printed, 1929).