1970

Within the decade, 26 current or future members of the Editorial Board publish essays in SEL.

1973

Carroll Camden retires, Edward O. Doughtie becomes Editor. Despite the founding of many other journals devoted to fields similar to those represented in SEL, in the Autumn 1973 issue Doughtie announces that “all manuscripts received between October 1, 1973, and June 1, 1974, will be returned unread.” The moratorium doesn't help much. By Autumn 1974 articles accepted for publication cannot appear for three to four years.

1975

Paul Fussell begins his review of Recent Studies in the Restoration and Eighteenth Century: “‘Studies’ is the right word for the books of 1974, just as ‘research’ would be the wrong one . . . Many of these new books add to our awareness. Few add to our knowledge.”

1976

Thomas P. Roche receives more than 150 books in Renaissance non-dramatic literature: “The preparation and writing of this review has been the most dispiriting task I have ever had to perform.” Two and three years later, the number of titles in the field sent for review diminishes to fewer than 50.

1977

Michael Lieb publishes the essay “Holy Place: A Reading of Paradise Lost” in the Winter Issue of Volume 17.

1978

Patten thumbnailEdward O. Doughtie retires, Robert L. Patten becomes Editor.

Kathleen Blake publishes her essay “Sue Bridehead ‘The Woman of the Feminist Movement’” in the Autumn Issue and David M. Bergeron publishes his piece “The Wax Figures in The Duchess of Malfi” in the Spring Issue.

Photo: Robert L. Patten, current Publisher and Executive Editor, SEL Studies in English Literature

1979

Hobby Doughtie thumbnailDiana Hobby is appointed Associate Editor; SEL costs $12.00 for individuals and $15.00 for institutions. Average number of pages per volume during the decade: 753.

Photo: Former Associate Editor Diana Hobby and former editor Edward O. Doughtie, SEL Studies in English Literature