Friends of the Dickens Forum,
Generosity has been the hallmark of the handling by Dr. Jeremy
Parrott and John Drew of "the
previously-unrecorded marked-up set of AYR Volumes I-XX" which revealed
the authorship of most
of the articles. We have had nothing to match Anne Lohrli's guide to
*Household Words*. Here we
have the good news that in time the informing set of AYR will be
published by Yale. But meanwhile Parrot
and Drew make a most reasonable offer of limited access to the newly
discovered set. Read below. (pjm)
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> All the Year Round volumes I-XX; the ‘marked-up’ set
> In July 2015 it was disclosed by Dr Jeremy Parrott, Beckett scholar and antiquarian book collector, that there had come into his possession a previously-unrecorded marked-up set of AYR Volumes I-XX, annotated in a contemporary hand as to authorship of the majority of articles. Since that time, scholarly journals have carried articles by Dr Parrott and others discussing its provenance, the likelihood or otherwise of the annotations beings in Dickens’s hand, and (what is much less in doubt) the accuracy of its attributions, many if not most of which are corroborable from later republications, personal correspondence, the files of the Royal Literary Fund and substantive forms of internal evidence&c&c.. Similar questions have been canvassed in papers at academic conferences organised by RSVP, VPFA, the Dickens Fellowship and other relevant bodies. Dickens List subscribers may be interested to know of two further developments relating to this set.
> Firstly, based on its contents, Yale University Press has commissioned from Dr Parrott and from John Drew (writer of the present post, and editor of an online edition of AYR) a Contributors Book along similar lines to Anne Lohrli’s exemplary guide to Household Words. The work is due for delivery in October 2017, with publication as soon as possible thereafter, in both print and—a provision for which we believe the Press is to be commended--online form via www.djo.org.uk<http://www.djo.org.uk/>, following an 18-month embargo as to authorship data, and a 4-year/first edition embargo as to the circa 300 biographical profiles of authors which it will contain. In the intervening time no reasonable and specific request for authorship information concerning individual articles or group of articles has been or shall be refused by Dr Parrott.
> The second development is that the set itself—formerly physically dispersed in more than one location—has now been united in the Nineteenth-Century Periodicals Collection Room at the University of Buckingham, UK (postcode MK18 1EG), where Dr Parrott is an honorary research fellow, for viewing and inspection on request by the scholarly community. It will remain there at least until the first week of December 2016, while a legacy scan is prepared by Library staff and University researchers of each handwritten annotation, and—depending on the levels of interest expressed—potentially for a considerably longer period. It should be stressed that viewing should be for the sake of the set qua set, and per se, rather than for the purpose of obtaining detailed authorship information beyond what can reasonably be gathered from a single visit. Neither photography nor extensive note-taking will be permitted. Viewing may be arranged by appointment between 10am and 4pm Monday through Friday; all those interested are requested to e-mail [log in to unmask] addressing their request to Humanities Librarian Peta Yates, with ‘All the Year Round annotated set’ in the subject line. We look forward to welcoming Dickens List subscribers among those visiting over the coming weeks.
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