An extract from the Shakespeare Lecture, delivered by Dr Adrian Poole, on 21 April 1999 at the British Academy.
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Published in Review, July 1998 - July 1999.
Delivered by Sir Tony Wrigley PBA to the 97th Annual General Meeting of the Academy, on 1 July 1999.
A joint committee of the British Academy and Royal Historical Society was set up in 1966 to plan the production of what is intended to be the definitive edition of the entire corpus of Anglo-Saxon charters. Six volumes have been published so far, and several more are in an advanced state of preparation. When complete, the series will comprise approximately
30 volumes, providing a secure basis for our knowledge and understanding of English history, society, religion and culture from c. 670 to 1066, or for a period of roughly 400 years. Professor Simon Keynes, Secretary to the Anglo-Saxon Charters Committee, presents an overview of the project.
The work of publishing the complete letters of Charles Dickens started under the general editorship of Humphry House, assisted by his wife Madeline House, in the 1950s. The first of 12 projected volumes appeared in 1965, and the final collection of letters covering the period 1867–1870 is on course for publication by 2001. The conclusion of the series will bring to completion a unique record not only of Charles Dickens the man, but of mid-Victorian society generally. Dr Graham Storey, General Editor of the Pilgrim Edition of the ‘Letters of Charles Dickens’, considers some extracts from the letters which illustrate the wide range of Dickens’s interests.