Richard Dennis Gooder 13 April 1934–30 October 2017 With sadness we report that Richard Gooder, last serving member of the founding Editorial Board of the Quarterly, died in Cambridge in late October of last year. In losing Richard the Quarterly has lost more than an editor. With his wife Jean, he gave the journal a home, an anchorage and an atmosphere recalling a time when criticism and the arts were more cen- tral to our shared public discourse. He represented a continuous link to the period of F. R. Leavis and the ambition to found a journal that could re- place the authoritative voices and interventions of Scrutiny. But if Richard furnished the Quarterly with a strong connection to that earlier period, the new journal – whose ﬁrst issue was published in 1965 – was also a retort to the more ﬁercely doctrinaire and judgemental aspects of ‘Cambridge English’ and the New Criticism. This evolved in ways that reﬂected Richard’s own personality, critical nous and liberal hospitality to people, writing and ideas. Originally from a Quaker background in Cincinnati, he had ﬁrst come to Clare College, Cambridge from Columbia University, New York. Richard combined a scholarly interest in the hu- manist culture of the Renaissance with a receptivity to modern American poetry, contributing to the Quarterly a characteristically wry and thoughtful piece on the poetry of Frank O’Hara (‘Apre `s Le De ´luge, Moi’, Vol. XIV No. 2, 1985, 93-122) at a point when the now acclaimed New Yorker was still a poet’s poet. Under Richard’s guidance, the journal would retain its founders’ ﬁdelity to a conviction that good literary criticism should be understandable to non-specialists, with no dilution or dulling of its critical edge. Intolerant of cliche ´ and of essays that hid their lack of originality behind a ﬁg-leaf of theory, he appreciated the art of apt quotation and close reading that could dive deep, but come up to share the fresh air of new interpretation. Over the years the Quarterly has become more international and has welcomed a wider range of voices. That intellectual hospitality was Richard Gooder’s style, and in looking forward to new submissions and continued conversa- tion with more regular contributors, we will celebrate not only the memory of his erudition, (and the twinkle within the erudition), but also his convic- tion that literature matters. doi:10.1093/camqtly/bfy004 V The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of The Cambridge Quarterly. All rights reserved. For Permissions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org Downloaded from https://academic.oup.com/camqtly/article-abstract/47/1/1/4934324 by Ed 'DeepDyve' Gillespie user on 01 May 2018
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