Note from the President

Welcome to the Andrew Marvell Society


In Scotland, the days are still short and the cloud ceiling low, but with the turning of the calendar, my thoughts are lifted by the prospect of a Marvellian spring. In March, the Marvell Society will hold its annual meeting in Dallas, Texas, under the auspices of the South-Central Renaissance Conference. 2020 of course marks a new decade for all of us, but significantly for the Marvell Society, it marks our entrance into our fourth decade, the Society having been born in the last year of the previous millennium. Fittingly, 2020 will also see the first of the anniversary celebrations in honour of our poet’s quatercentenary in 2021. ‘Reimagining Andrew Marvell: The Poet at 400’, I’m proud to say, will be held on my home campus at St Andrews from 7-9 May, with support from the School of English at St Andrews, the British Academy, the Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Society for Renaissance Studies. Convening this conference will be my last official act as President of the Marvell Society, and I cannot think of a better way to cap my service in this role.

I’m also delighted to announce that the Marvell Society will inaugurate a new prize this year. The Annabel Patterson Essay Prize will recognise the most distinguished article published in Marvell Studies in the previous year. The prize recognises Professor Patterson’s extraordinary contribution to the study of Marvell and to Marvell studies as a field. It will be juried by the advisory board of Marvell Studies and awarded jointly by the journal and the Marvell Society. The winner will be announced at this year’s annual meeting in Dallas.

I much look forward to enjoying the company of Marvellians in Dallas and in St Andrews and to seeing what the future of Marvell studies looks like!

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Yours in Marvell,


January 2020