English, Department of


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The George Eliot Review 45 (2014)


Published by The George Eliot Review Online https://GeorgeEliotReview.org


I first met Andrew Brown on the conference circuit in the early 1980s. As the recently appointed senior editor for literature at Cambridge University Press he was a regular presence at Victorian Studies conferences, wearing his Press hat, but unlike many other publishers, attending as a productive scholar in his own right. He got in touch with me in 1989 asking if he could come to Leicester to talk about a project he was contemplating, a new edition of the Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature, the nineteenth-century volume of which had been last updated under George Watson's editorship in 1969. I was intrigued by the prospect. I was equally surprised several days later to receive a phone message from his office to say that unfortunately Dr Brown had broken his arm in a cricket match at the weekend, and was unable to drive to Leicester. Would I mind coming to Cambridge instead?