Grant Steve

In the spring of 2014, Steve Grant's new book Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger was published. Since then he has embarked on a series of talks on the East Coast about the story of the Folgers. A review, a video of a recent talk, a schedule of upcoming talks and other information is available on Steve's Web site. [11/14]


His book Peter Strickland: New London Shipmaster, Boston Merchant, First Consul to Senegal (New Academia, 2007) was the 29th volume in the Diplomats and Diplomacy Series that is intended to increase public knowledge and appreciation of the involvement of American diplomats in world history. It recounts how Connecticut Yankee Strickland strove to survive and prosper from 1864 to 1905 in the midst of a strong French colonial presence in Senegal — first as captain of merchant ships in the trans-Atlantic trade and then as the first US consul in Senegal, indeed the first in French West Africa.


Steve based this account on extensive research, including US consular dispatches, a detailed personal diary, obscure documents in libraries in the eastern United States, and Consul Strickland’s correspondence with French authorities that the author unearthed in the Senegalese national archives. [12/06]




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