Co-director Archie Burnett is known for his Oxford English Texts edition of The Poems of A.E. Housman (1997) and for a two-volume edition, also from Oxford, of The Letters of A. E. Housman (2007). Currently, he is finishing work on a scholarly edition, with apparatus and commentary, of The Complete Poems of Philip Larkin for Faber & Faber. His interest in Milton, originally marked by Milton’s Style: The Shorter Poems, Paradise Regained, and Samson Agonistes (1981), is sustained in his writing the introduction to Samson Agonistes for A Variorum Commentary on the Poems of John Milton (Duquesne University Press). He is a Professor of English, and he teaches in the Core Curriculum.
Co-director Christopher Ricks is the William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University, having formerly been professor of English at Bristol and at Cambridge. He is a member of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, of which he was president (2007-2008). He has edited and also teaches in the Core Curriculum. He was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford in 2004, and is known both for his critical studies and for his editorial work. The latter includes The Poems of Tennyson (revised 1987), The New Oxford Book of Victorian Verse (1987), Inventions of the March Hare: Poems 1909-1917 by T. S. Eliot (1996), The Oxford Book of English Verse (1999), Selected Poems of James Henry (2002), Samuel Menashe’s New and Selected Poems (2005), Samuel Beckett’s The Expelled / The Calmative / The End / First Love (2009), Henry James’s What Maisie Knew (2010) and for Penguin Books Alfred Lord Tennyson: Selected Poems (2007). He is the author of Milton’s Grand Style (1963), Keats and Embarrassment (1974), The Force of Poetry (1984), T. S. Eliot and Prejudice (1988), Tennyson (1989), Beckett’s Dying Words (1993), Essays in Appreciation (1996), Allusion to the Poets (2002), Reviewery (2002), Decisions and Revisions in T. S. Eliot (2003), Dylan’s Visions of Sin (2004), and True Friendship: Geoffrey Hill, Anthony Hecht, and Robert Lowell under the Sign of Eliot and Pound (2010). He was Professor of Poetry at Oxford, 2004-2009; in 2010, Waywiser Press published his anthology Joining Music with Reason: 34 Poets, British and American, Oxford 2004-2009.
Marilyn Gaull joined the Editorial Institute in 2007 after many years of teaching (William and Mary, Temple University, New York University), scholarship, and publication (English Romanticism: The Human Context, editions such as the Longman edition of Northanger Abbey, articles, introductions, reviews and public lectures in British and American literature, intellectual history, folklore and oral performance, the history of science). As an editor, she founded The Wordsworth Circle, a large and comprehensive journal of Romantic studies, Editor’s News for the Council of Editors of Learned Journals which she helped to organize, and Nineteenth-Century Major Lives and Letters, her most recent series for Palgrave. She brings to the Institute international experience in editing and publication across several disciplines and historical periods, project development, copyright, funding, and organizational skills for conferences, summer schools, and professional societies.