Editor's Notes

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Editor's Notes


Mazzeno, Laurence W., Nineteenth-Century Prose


As I reviewed the materials for this, the first issue of Nineteenth Century Prose, I was reminded of the lines from Tennyson's Idylls of the King:

   The old order changeth, yielding place to new
   And God fulfills himself in many ways,
   Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.

The immediate and direct parallels between this lament of Arthur's for a civilization passing and the renascence of a literary journal under a different name are, admittedly, only slight. Nevertheless, this is the start of something new--in a sense. For more than a decade, The Arnoldian has provided scholars information about Matthew Arnold and his contemporaries. Our readership has remained constant, as loyal Arnoldians have sustained us financially and shared their research in our pages.

But as anyone who has been a subscriber since the early days of the journal knows, we have been a dynamic publication, responding to the needs of Arnoldians in particular and the larger community of nineteenth-century scholars in general. On the shelves in my office I have copies of those first issues of the Arnold Newsletter, a slim, staple-bound volume of chatty conversation and notes of interest to the aficionados who were involved in the upsurge of Arnold studies in the early 1970s. The "Arnold Newsletter" title gave way to "The Arnoldian" after only two years. Allan Lefcowitz tells an amusing story about this first metamorphosis. It seems that, when he brought the newsletter to the Naval Academy, he learned that one could not simply publish newsletters in the government; one needed special permission from Washington. …

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