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Jefferson and Religious Freedom

To mark Religious Freedom Day, John Ragosta, author of the forthcoming Religious Freedom: Jefferson's Legacy, America's Creed, has just published a piece in the Washington Post tracing Jefferson's role in achieving a separation of church and state.

The Making of a Book

Alan G. James, editor of The Master, the Modern Major General, and His Clever Wife: Henry James's Letters to Field Marshal Lord Wolseley and Lady Wolseley, 1878–1913, sent along the following piece about the genesis and various stages of the project. It is an excellent insider's look at how a book originates that begins, "Twenty years ago or so I experienced a literary epiphany: I discovered Henry James."

'Best New Poets' Reading Dates

Any fans of the latest edition of Best New Poets who happen to be in the New York area should mark their calendars for two upcoming events. A number of BNP contributors will be reading from their work at 7:30 on January 7 at Bar 13 in Greenwich Village. On January 9 at 7:00 more BNP contributors will be reading at BookCourt in Brooklyn.

Rotunda website has moved to a new home

In 2004, what had been known since its establishment two years earlier as the "Electronic Imprint" of UVA Press was branded as "Rotunda", and we produced our first website to go along with it, at With a design by Bill Covert centered on an award-winning logo, the site has served us well for eight years as the public face of Rotunda and a gateway to our publications. But with the new year, we have moved all of our general descriptive content about Rotunda to a hierarchy under the ROTUNDA tab on the Press website.

Where in the world was Virginia?

One of the most popular events in the Fall Lecture Series at the Mariners' Museum proved to be Mapping Virginia author William Wooldridge's presentation, "Where in the World Was Virginia? Mapping a Moving Place, 1587-1865." As Wooldridge explains, during the age of exploration the exact location of Virginia was still very much open to debate.

The Digital Temple

Rotunda, the electronic imprint of the University of Virginia Press, announces the release of its latest digital publication: Edited by Robert Whalen and Christopher Hodgkins, The Digital Temple is a complete edition of George Herbert’s 1633 masterpiece, The Temple.

Wooldridge on NPR

NPR's Kojo Nnamdi welcomed Mapping Virginia author William Wooldridge to his show last week. The entire episode may be heard here on the Kojo Nnamdi Show official site. The web page also features a gallery of fifteen of the book's maps.

Moreland Perkins

We were recently contacted by the son of Moreland Perkins with the news that his father had passed away. Dr. Perkins had many ties to Virginia: a Richmond native, he was educated at the University of Virginia and the Virginia Military Institute (he earned his graduate degrees at Harvard).


The success of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln testifies to a powerful public appetite to learn more about this remarkable chapter in our history and the man who stood at the center of it. We are now offering our 4-volume edition of Lincoln's Legal Documents and Cases at a special 25% discount.

Bertram Wyatt-Brown

We were saddened to hear of the passing of Bertram Wyatt-Brown at the age of 80. Dr. Wyatt-Brown was the coeditor of Virginia's Civil War and completed another book with us that will be published in Fall 2013.