Critical Connections lecture by RBS Director Michael Suarez

Michael SuarezMichael Suarez, director of Rare Book School will present ‘Industry Need Not Wish’: Benjamin Franklin’s The Way to Wealth as a Publishing Phenomenon on March 27 at 5 p.m. in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons on the first floor of Bird Library. His talk is part of the Critical Connections Lecture Series organized by the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) at Syracuse University Libraries.

This illustrated lecture will explain how Franklin’s essay on industry and thrift, begun as an article in an almanac, became a publishing sensation, one of the most frequently reprinted works in America and Europe for more than a century. Examining The Way to Wealth in a variety of cultural and publishing contexts, Suarez explains how and why it went viral, becoming Franklin’s most popular work and a best-seller in America, England, France, and Germany.

Michael F. Suarez, S.J. is Director of Rare Book School, Professor of English, University Professor, and Honorary Curator of Special Collections at the University of Virginia. A Jesuit priest, he holds four masters degrees (two each in English and theology) and a D.Phil. in English from Oxford.

Suarez will also present a companion mini-seminar on March 28 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Special Collections Research Center on the sixth floor of Bird Library. The mini‐seminar is free and open to the public, however advance registration is required. To register, contact Barbara Brooker at or at 315‐443‐9763.

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