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  • Notes from the Editor
  • Todd Butler

Welcome to another issue of ESQ. Continuing the journal’s legacy of publishing the best scholarship on nineteenth-century American literature, this issue is particularly noteworthy in that it is the last issue edited by Dr. Augusta Rohrbach, who after nine years has stepped down from her editorial post.

As chair of the Department of English at Washington State University, where this journal is produced, I want to take this opportunity to thank Augusta for her years of dedicated service and for sustaining this journal during what have been challenging times for our profession. I especially want to recognize the commitment Augusta maintained to the careers of the journal’s contributors, many of whom experienced some of their first successes through a publication in ESQ. Augusta took the journal in innovative directions, including creating the Year-in-Conferences section, one of the newest and most distinctive features of the journal and one that has enabled both the wider dissemination of scholarly knowledge and the increased professionalism of the graduate students who contribute to it.

I am happy to report that during this time of transition the journal remains in capable hands. Starting with the next issue (61.1), ESQ will be overseen by Dr. Laura Dassow Walls, William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, who has agreed to serve a one-year term as consulting editor. Walls brings to ESQ an impressive list of scholarly achievements that includes the authorship of three books, the most recent of which won major prizes from the MLA, OAH, and SLSA; a Guggenheim fellowship; and the editorship of The Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies. As the latter post indicates, she also has an abiding commitment to scholarly journals and their role, one that has already been demonstrated in the final preparation of this issue and the production of forthcoming ones.

On behalf of the journal’s staff, its editorial board, and most importantly its contributors and readers, I thus want to thank Drs. Rohrbach and Walls, and I look forward to the continued success of ESQ.


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