In September 2019, Prof. Elaine Hobby was invited to speak as part of Yale’s Symposium on ‘Scholarly Editing of Literary Texts from the Long Eighteenth Century’.

Now, through digital wizardry (led by Sue Walker at The Lewis Walpole Library and edited by Guy Ortoleva at the Yale Broadcast Studio), the talks from the day are available to view, incorporating speakers’ powerpoint slides. These can be seen on the Yale Library YouTube channel:

Talks from the morning session: including the sympoisium organiser, Stephen Clarke discussing The Yale Edition of Horace Walpole’s Correspondence; Robert DeMaris Jr outlining the editorial processes involved in The Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson (first volume published 1958, and the 23rd and final volume published in 2019); and Peter Sabor, whose talk is entitled ‘Hemlow and Beyond: Editing Frances Burney’s Journals and Letters, 1972-2019’.

Talks from the afternoon session: including Gordon Turnbull, general editor of the Yale Boswell Editions – a project that was initially conceived in the mid-twentieth century, with the final volume of The Life of Samuel Johnson appearing in 2019; Elaine Hobby on the editing processes and wider aspects of the Editing Aphra Behn in the Digital Age project, and Michael F. Suraez, whose paper asked ‘What Might it Mean to Editing a Book? Pope, Poesis, and the Possibilities of Bibliography’.