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The English Department at The Ohio State University will host an international conference in 2011 on the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James (or Authorized) Version of the Bible. Held in Columbus, Ohio during the first weekend in May, the conference will focus on the making of the KJV in the context of Reformation Bible translation and printing as well as on the KJV’s long literary and cultural influence from Milton and Bunyan to Faulkner, Woolf, and Toni Morrison. Events will include plenary lectures and discussions, scholarly panels, and roundtable seminars. An accompanying exhibit will be mounted by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library in Thompson Library.

Please click here for registration information and forms, and click here for accommodation details and rates.

Many of the contributors to the exciting new book, The King James Bible after 400 Years: Literary, Linguistic, and Cultural Influences (ed. Hannibal Hamlin and Norman Jones), will be participating in the conference. Cambridge University Press calls the book "the most complete one-volume exploration of the King James Bible and its influence to date." The London Review of Books avers that the KJV’s reception history is "exhilaratingly explored" in this volume, and David Norton describes it as "a superb collection of essays, at once an essential introduction to crucial aspects of the King James version and a magnificent spur to further thought." The BBC News Magazine calls it "an outstanding collection," and Frank Kermode described it as "an absorbing, authoritative account of the reception of the 1611 Bible and its continuing effect on modern literature."

We hope you will join us in Columbus and help continue these fascinating and energizing scholarly conversations!