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Thomas Keymer

Thomas Keymer, MA, PhD, FRSC, FEA, is Chancellor Jackman Professor of English at the University of Toronto, where he is also a Senior Member of University College. He is a specialist in literature of the Restoration, eighteenth century and Romantic periods, with research interests in narrative and the novel; print culture and history of the book; literature, politics and national identities; literature and law; theories of intertextuality, influence and reception; the theory and practice of textual editing. His books include Richardson’s Clarissa and the Eighteenth-Century Reader (CUP, 1992), Sterne, the Moderns, and the Novel (OUP, 2002), The Cambridge Companion to English Literature from 1740 to 1830 (CUP, 2004, with Jon Mee), Pamela in the Marketplace: Literary Controversy and Print Culture in Eighteenth-Century Britain and Ireland (CUP, 2005, with Peter Sabor), and The Cambridge Companion to Laurence Sterne (CUP, 2009). He has also published extensively on Defoe, Fielding, Johnson, Smart and Austen, and on topics ranging chronologically from civil war poetry and Restoration fiction to Romantic autobiography and Victorian serialization. His most recent editions of primary texts, all in the Oxford World’s Classics series, are Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe (2007), Johnson’s Rasselas (2009), and Beckford’s Vathek ([2013]).

Professor Keymer was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2011; he is also a Corresponding Fellow of the English Association, a Member of the International Association of University Professors of English, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. His current and forthcoming projects include The Life of Samuel Richardson (Blackwell Critical Biographies), The Cambridge Companion to Epistolary Fiction (CUP), editions of Tobias Smollett’s Humphry Clinker (OUP) and Henry Neville’s Plato Redivivus (Liberty Fund), and a monograph provisionally entitled Conditions of the Novel. He is editor of the forthcoming first volume (covering the period to 1750) of The Oxford History of the Novel in English, a senior editor of Oxford Research Reviews in Literature, and co-general editor of The Cambridge Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Samuel Richardson (for which he is editing Clarissa and the correspondence with Sarah Chapone).