Summary: My research interests are in Restoration literature, Keats and the second generation Romantics, textual criticism, and book history.
Research Assistant, Yale University, 1961-64; Visiting Lecturer, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1964-65; University of Leeds, 1965-2001, Professor of English Literature from 1978.
General Editor of Longman Annotated Poets, 1975-2010 (with Paul Hammond from 2000); member of the British Committee of the International Eighteenth Century Short Title Catalogue (ESTC), 1983-89; founder member of Committee for University English, and member of its Steering Committee (later CCUE), 1987-98;
Editorial Board, Chadwyck-Healey's The English Poetry Full-Text Database, 1991-93; member of English Panel for HEFCEs Research Assessment Exercise, 1995-96;
Chair of English Panel for HEFCEs 2001 Research Assessment English¸1998-2001;
English Association, Founding Fellow, 1999-
Honorary Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford, 2016-
My research interests are in Restoration drama and literature, Keats and the second generation Romantics, textual criticism, and book history.
Publications include editions of Congreves Way of the World (1972), Ethereges Man of Mode (1979), and John Keats: the Complete Poems (1973, 3rd ed. 1998), and Alexander Pope: The Critical Heritage (1973), John Keats (1987), a joint monograph on the early 17th century York book trade (1994), and articles and chapters in books.
Since 2001 publications include the Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, Volume IV 1557-1695 (2002), co-edited with D. F. McKenzie, and articles on the bookseller, John Norton (2002), Dryden and patronage (2004), the financing of the Authorised Version 1610-11 (2005), Keats's publication of Poems (1817) and his time at Guy's (2006 and 2007), creating an English Literary Canon, 1679-1720 (2007) and (2007), Keatss Sleepless Night (2010),John Keats: Selected Letters (Penguin Classics, 2014), articles on 17th century book history and Keats in 2015, and John Keats: 21st Century Oxford Authors (OUP, 2017).
General editor with David McKitterick and Ian Willison of the Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, 2003- Vols. 1-2, 5-6 (published), and 7 (forthcoming); 10th D. F. McKenzie Lecture, English Faculty, Oxford, March 2005; Senior Research Fellow, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, 2007- ; President of the Bibliographical Society, 2008-10; John Coffin Memorial Lecture in the History of the Book, Institute of English Studies, London, 2010; Guest lecturer, First Bicentenary John Keats Conference at Keats House, 2-4 May 2014.