For many years I was an academic, and I still love that world—and—even more so, the ideas which fuel its endless discussions. The pattern that will be readily discernible from the following list of publications can be summed up as follows:

I find literary manuscripts fascinating—the scribbles, rough drafts, journals and letters which reflect an author’s creative process. I have been fortunate to have read many of these elusive documents in the Bodleian Library in Oxford, in the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, in the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, at the University of Texas at Austin—and occasionally being handed relevant letters over the tea-table.

While I’ve mostly used these manuscripts to try to elucidate an author’s thought process (as in the books I’ve written on Barbara Pym and on Philip Larkin), I also wrote a complete biography of Philip Toynbee, weaving together his own written works with those of his family and friends, to tell the story of his life. I was subsequently refused permission by his executors to quote from his unpublished writings (one obvious hazard of this sort of pursuit), and so the biography remains unpublished. Still, the entire collection of his letters, journals and unpublished writings (along with the manuscript draft of my biography) is held in the archives of the Bodleian Library . . . . and they make pretty good reading, I must say . . . .

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I enjoy collaboration. The volumes of collected essays which I’ve co-edited bring together ideas which were coalescing among a number of scholars at a given time, and I’m grateful to everyone who contributed to these books—particularly to my co-editors.

I’ve been lucky enough to have had some excellent professors, and—later on—students, as well. I received a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Redlands, an M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Minnesota. I taught as an Assistant Professor at Chapman University, in Orange, California, but left teaching in order to write full-time, when my husband took at job at the University of Texas at Austin.

Janice Rossen - Previous Publications 

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