Posted by Ann Donahue, Publisher
When I attend nineteenth-century conferences, visitors to the Ashgate booth invariably praise Ashgate’s Nineteenth Century Series, credit for which is entirely due to the series editors – Vincent Newey and Joanne Shattock – and to the authors and editors whose scholarship is published in the series.
Last December, Vince Newey’s colleagues came together to celebrate his contributions to research and teaching and his generosity and rigor as a mentor to other scholars. In honor of his work, a select group of nineteenth-century specialists presented him with a collection focused on a theme that informs much of Vince’s scholarship.
Literature and Authenticity, 1780–1900, as volume editors Ashley Chantler, Michael Davies, and Philip Shaw say in their afterword, pays tribute to Vince’s influence as an inspirational lecturer and brilliant critic and to the authenticity of his own critical ‘voice’. As important, the collection is intended ‘to do more than honour a life’s work. The aim is – in a grander and perhaps even Wordsworthian sense – to uphold the past in the present for the future’.
Vince is now Emeritus Professor at the University of Leicester, but I am grateful that he is not by any means Emeritus Editor of The Nineteenth Century Series. On behalf of Ashgate, I would like to extend our thanks to Vince and Joanne for their dedication and their commitment to scholarly excellence. We look forward to working with them for many years to come.