Protocols for Scholarly Proofreading

This document details the protocols we used for proofreading the transcriptions we made of our three source texts into Microsoft Word. These protocols are and have for centuries been standard proofreading practice in trade publishing. They are designed to ensure that transcriptions (re-keyboardings) of manuscript and printed source texts into machine-readable programs like Microsoft Word correspond EXACTLY to the original source texts.

Protocols for Transcribing and Formatting Textual Witnesses for Scholarly Editing

This document details the protocols we used to transcribe our three source texts into Microsoft Word and to format the resulting Word files so that they would be maximally compatible with the procedures of critical editing and with the collation software Juxta that we used. Aside from stipulating uniform formats for font, paragraphing, and such, these protocols minimize the ways that the various default and automatic settings in Word may interfere with accurate transcription of source texts.

Magazine and Book Illustrations for The Were-Wolf

Magazine and Book Illustrations for The Were-Wolf

Clemence Housman published The Were-Wolf twice in her lifetime: first as a story in a popular magazine and then as a book. Each time the novella was accompanied by a unique set of illustrations that shaped its reception. This essay examines the contrasting meanings for The Were-Wolf created by their accompanying illustrations, modes of production, and publication venues. 

"The Cry of the Children" (1843) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

This is the first omnibus scholarly edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's (then Elizabeth Barrett Barrett) protest poem "The Cry of the Children" (1843), as it was published in Blackwood's Magazine.  The editors and annotators have built on sustained scholarly engagement about the poem, its contexts, and its relationship with laboring-class poetry of the time.  This was initiated by their cooperation for "Rhyme and Reform: Victorian Working-Class Poets and Elizabeth Barrett Browning's 'Cry of the Children.'"  This two-day, international, multi-site symposium (Oct.


Appendix: Family Tree

August, 2020

SPOILER ALERT:  Readers wishing to avoid "spoilers" should not consult this document before reading A Mystery in Scarlet, chapter XXIX (London Miscellany no. 10).


This family tree illustrates the relationships between the major historical and fictional characters that appear in A Mystery in Scarlet. It also reveals the dynastic ties that link these characters to other Stuart and Hanover historical figures, informing the usurpation plot.




A Mystery in Scarlet: Editorial Introduction

August, 2020

Robert Louis Stevenson, celebrated author of Treasure Island  (1882-3), Kidnapped (1886), and "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" (1886) was a lifelong connoisseur of "penny dreadfuls": illustrated serial fiction that targeted working-class readers. In Stevenson's childhood, his nurse Alison Cunningham often read dreadfuls to him. In adulthood, Stevenson was haunted by one serial in particular. This was A Mystery in Scarlet by “Malcolm J. Errym,” the pseudonym of James Malcolm Rymer (1814-84).



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