- In Memoriam
Anne Barton, Professor Emerita and Fellow of Trinity College at the University of Cambridge, was one of the most respected and distinguished scholars of Tudor and Stuart drama, although her influence extended well beyond the merely scholarly into the theatrical and educational spheres. She became a member of SEL’s editorial board in the summer of 1976, when still a fellow at New College, Oxford, and she served with energy and astuteness for thirty-seven years, shepherding through the review process essays on Shakespeare’s histories, comedies, and romances as well as on work by other playwrights and writers such as Marlowe, Middleton, and Munday. She became board member emerita in July 2013, shortly before her death in November.
Anne could be tough on submissions. One of her evaluations written for us ended with the advice to “Put this essay—preferably together with its author—into a sack and drown it!” But she enthusiastically nurtured merit where she found it, and many times worked through several iterations of an essay to extract the valuable from the dross and bring a piece into publishable shape. Several of the essays that she mentored were early efforts by authors who have themselves become distinguished scholars.
During her SEL board tenure, she at various times extended her legendary hospitality to traveling SEL editors and friends of the journal. Several of us have wonderful memories of superb dinner parties and luncheons, some held in her splendid rooms in college with her marvelous cats popping in and out of the windows, and others at her wonderful home outside Cambridge, where champagne and conversation each enhanced the enjoyment of the other. Anne was indeed the consummate hostess—always making sure that her guests felt they were the center of attention. We at SEL, though representing only a minor part of her scholarly life, were honored to be welcomed by her so warmly on so many occasions. For all she did to enhance SEL and for her unstinting friendship, we are grateful. We will miss her. [End Page vi]