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Specialized Materials 274 / VICTORIAN POETRY DONALD E. HALL The relative success or failure of a book series as a coherent and compelling project can be attributed to any of several factors: the commitment and responsibility of the press involved, the availability of pertinent manuscripts and the solicitation of them through effective publicity, and the follow-through and professionalism of authors whose manuscripts are accepted for inclusion. But perhaps the most important determinant of a series' fate lies in the efforts of its editor or editors, whose work must of course support that just mentioned, but whose vision, energy, and imprint on the series should also give it a coherence that distinguishes it from a stack of books which happen to share a time period or broad theme. Indeed, the singular opportunity offered to series editors is that of providing to readers a consistent and reliable point of entrance into a wellfocused, ongoing conversation. But certainly editors, authors, and press personnel must all share this goal and work diligently as a team for this opportunity to result in anything other than uneven and forgettable results. How many series can you think of that even have a perceptible identity or raison d'être http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Victorian Poetry West Virginia University Press

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274 / VICTORIAN POETRY DONALD E. HALL The relative success or failure of a book series as a coherent and compelling project can be attributed to any of several factors: the commitment and responsibility of the press involved, the availability of pertinent manuscripts and the solicitation of them through effective publicity, and the follow-through and professionalism of authors whose manuscripts are accepted for inclusion. But perhaps the most important determinant of a series' fate lies in the efforts of its editor or editors, whose work must of course support that just mentioned, but whose vision, energy, and imprint on the series should also give it a coherence that distinguishes it from a stack of books which happen to share a time period or broad theme. Indeed, the singular opportunity offered to series editors is that of providing to readers a consistent and reliable point of entrance into a wellfocused, ongoing conversation. But certainly editors, authors, and press personnel must all share this goal and work diligently as a team for this opportunity to result in anything other than uneven and forgettable results. How many series can you think of that even have a perceptible identity or raison d'être

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Victorian PoetryWest Virginia University Press

Published: Jan 10, 2002

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