I read English at Pembroke College, Oxford, where I also took a BLitt.  I then taught at Keele from 1972 to 2009, specializing in eighteenth-century literature and the novels and poetry of the 1930s.  In 1997 I was Fellow of the Centre for the Book at the British Library and in 2009 A. Bartlett Giamatti Fellow at the Beinecke Library, Yale.

Research and scholarship

My chief research interests are in Pope, Swift, Johnson, and the theory of textual criticism.  I serve as a general editor of the Cambridge edition of the works of Jonathan Swift (seventeen volumes) and was one of the founding editors of the Oxford edition of Alexander Pope (twenty-three volumes). I have been studying the illustrations of Pope's Works, and, as one of the four editors assigned to the first two volumes of the edition (poems to 1717), will take responsibility for Pope's imitations and translations.


Professor Jim McLaverty

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