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I0 THE EDITOR'S FENCE The Response to EFT; It is always pleasant, although apparently rare, for an editor to report that newly announced subscription rates have not become the funeral sermon of his journal,, As far as EFT is concerned, the percentage of renewals at the new yearly rate of one dollar may fairly be regarded as a sign of vitality,. The former recipients of EFT who did not renew subscriptions are slowly being replaced by newcomers. Thanks to subscribers who have sent their dollar and thanks to the Purdue English Department, EFT will very likely again appear three times this year instead of the normally scheduled two times. The Response of EFT; As readers respond to EFT, so EFT attempts to respond to its readersc To assure readers of a broader scope, a greater depth of coverage, and increased accuracy, I have asked my colleague, Charles Green, to serve officially as my assistant. His industry, rare patience, meticulousness in checking on the accuracy of factual data, and his tenaciousness in unravelling stubborn bibliographical knots have already served EFT well, Further, Professor Mills1 making available a graduate assistant on a parttime basis has been a very great help in carrying out my plans to extend the coverage of" EFT bo about sixty authors, including some critics of the period with ivhich EFT is concerned., More writers will be added in each issue, among them a number of major authors whose absense from the pages of EFT has already aroused a little wonder-. The omission of Kipling, R.L- Stevenson, and Thomas Hardy, at least, is not defensible except that I have not found sufficient time, energy, and space to do these writers justice. Other names eventually to appear include John Buchan, G.K.-, Chesterton, Havelock Ellis, Edmund Gosse, "Vernon Lee," John Middleton Murry, Henry Handel Richardson, Dorothy Richardson, George Saintsbury, Lytton Strachey. Arthur Symons-, I need hardly say that these are ambitious plans, that they involve a very considerable amount of work, and that their working out will take time. So that these plans for making EFT more valuable to Victorian-Modem scholars may be carried out, I shall be plased to hear from all scholars vrilling to contribute their special knowledge and their energies to futura issues of EFT. 2§i;.JCSaJÕ 2,2I3^Jl_ay.S''is¿s '-'ae second number, tentatively scheduled for August, will contain an annotated checklist of writings about George Moore. In many ways, this is the most difficult checklist I have yet undertaken. The chief difficulty lies in locating articles on Moore in foreign periodicals and annotating then, At the moment we are compiling a list of titles, including chapters in books, in any language, that concern George Moore. We shall be delighted to be flooded with postcards, letters, even sheafs of bibliographical référencer of any kind. Beginning about mid-May we would like to begin annotating. Again, I shall be pleased to hear from all students of Moore0 îk§^§§J19I?JliJî9.JiLte_Ç£^.?JJ.G£Ë: About thirty scholars requested permission to attend the Conference on English Fiction in Transition, which met in the Hartford Room of the Statler in New York on December 29, 1958. About thirty people received postcards from the discussion leader admitting them to the conference. The meeting began with the authorized maximum,, An unofficial headcount revealed that forty-five seats were occupied. Mr., Stone will, I hope, forgive me for being pleased with this evidence of Conference-crashing and accept my assurances that there was no foul play. 2. Reports on the status of research on Samuel Butler (Lee Holt), George Moore (Graham Hough), Arnold Bennett (James Hepburn), and H.G. Wells (Robert Weeks) were presented to the conference membership, official and unofficial. The reports were followed by questions and comments from the floor until the official ending of the meeting. During the hour-long recess, an excellent innovation at the New York meetings, members of the Conference continued lively informal discussion with Messrs. Holt, Hough, Hepburn, Weeks, and myself which in several instances appears to have extended through luncheon. For me, at any rate, the Conference did not actually end until well-nigh five o...


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