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Martha Driver

Distinguished Professor

Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

English - NYC

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Martha W. Driver is Distinguished Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies at Pace University in New York City. A co-founder of the Early Book Society for the study of manuscripts and printing history, she writes about illustration from manuscript to print, book production, and the early history of publishing. In addition to publishing some 45 articles in these areas, she has edited eighteen journals over fifteen years, including Film & History: Medieval Period in Film and the Journal of the Early Book Society. Her books about pictures (from manuscript miniatures to woodcuts to film) include The Image in Print: Book Illustration in Late Medieval England (British Library Publications and University of Toronto), An Index of Images in English MSS, fascicle four, with Michael Orr (Brepols), and The Medieval Hero on Screen and Shakespeare and the Middle Ages, with Sid Ray (McFarland).


PhD , University of Pennsylvania , 1980

MA , University of Pennsylvania , 1975

A.B. , Vassar College , 1974

Awards and Honors

    2003 - Dyson Distinguished Achievement Award 2002 - NYSERNET Sponsored Education Grant 2001 - National Science Foundation Grant
  • Houghton Library, Harvard University , 1996 - Rodney G. Dennis Fellow in the Study of Manuscripts
  • 1995 - American Council of Learned Societies Travel Grant
  • Pace University , 1995 - Fellow, Society of Fellows of the Dyson College
  • 1995 - NEH Research Tools Grant
  • Pace University , 1994 - Fellow, Society of Fellows of the Dyson College
  • Folger Shakespeare Library , 1994 - Seminar Participant, Folger Institute
  • 1990 - American Philosophical Society Grant 1990 - NEH Travel to Collections Grant
  • Pace University , 1990 - Scholarly Research Grant
  • 1988 - NEH Fellowship for College Teachers 1987 - Bibliographical Society of America Fellowship 1987 - NEH Travel to Collections Grant 1986 - NEH Travel to Collections Grant
  • Pace University , 1986 - Summer Research Grant
  • Columbia University, 1982 - NEH Summer Seminar
  • University of Pennsylvania , 1977 - Lectureship in English
  • 1975 - Teaching Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania


Driver, M. W. "The wise book of philosophy and astronomy" and "How men that ben in hele sholde visite sike folk". Jeanne Krochalis and Edward Peters (Eds.), The World of Piers Plowman. .


Medieval manuscripts and early printing history representations of medieval women films with medieval themes


  • EBS (Early Book Society) Website [Other]
  • Middle Ages on Film [Other], 2013
    Curated Middle Ages on Film: Vikings! and Middle Ages on Film: Shakespeare!, Anthology Film Archives (October-December 2013), listed with my name and Pace affiliation in descriptive brochures of fifteen featured films (which I wrote). Both series were discussed in the New York Times (“Check out the legs on that Viking!” October 18, 2013) and New Yorker on Chimes at Midnightin a longer essay (Nov. 25, 2013), as well as in their weekly listings for fall 2013; I introduced five of the films.


  • Association Internationale de Bibliophile
  • Bibliographical Society of America
  • College Art Association
  • Early Book Society
  • International Arthurian Society
  • Medieval Club of New York
  • Modern Humanities Research Association (UK)
  • Modern Language Association
  • Renaissance Society of America
  • The Bibliographical Society
  • The International Center of Medieval Art
  • The Medieval Academy of America
  • The New Chaucer Society
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