Grant Steve

In 2014, Johns Hopkins University Press published Steve's second biography, Collecting Shakespeare: The Story of Henry and Emily Folger. In the four years since then, he has given over 75 talks on the Folgers, including six across the pond in these locations: London, Oxford, Cambridge, Bath, Stratford-upon-Avon, and St. Andrews in Scotland. Book reviews, videos, and book trailer are available on  Steve's Web site. [02/18]


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]


His earlier career as a Foreign Service Officer allowed him to discover the distant nations of Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Egypt, Indonesia, and El Salvador with multiyear postings.  Ultimately that led to his fascination with historical postcards and the publication of a series of books reproducing old postards.




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