University of Leicester conference celebrates publication of 25 volume The Selected Works of Margaret Oliphant

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Victorian Studies Centre welcomes literary experts to event on Monday 6 July

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 2 July 2015

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The work of Victorian novelist Margaret Oliphant will be the focus of a conference at the University of Leicester on Monday, 6 July.

The conference is being hosted by the University’s Victorian Studies Centre to celebrate the publication of The Selected Works of Margaret Oliphant under the general editorship of Professor Joanne Shattock, of the University of Leicester, and Elisabeth Jay, of Oxford Brookes University.

Oliphant (1828–97) was a popular and prolific writer whose career spanned almost fifty years and included some ninety-eight novels, over fifty short stories, twenty-five works of non-fiction, including biographies and historic guides to European cities.

The challenge for the editors of the 25 volume The Selected Works of Margaret Oliphant (Pickering and Chatto, 2011-16) was the scale of Oliphant’s literary output and ensuring their publication reflected her expansive career as a biographer, critic and reviewer as well as a novelist.

Professor Shattock said: “Margaret Oliphant was in many ways ahead of her time as a writer.  In the range of her output, novels, biographies, journalism and a candid autobiography she was a forerunner of many professional writers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.”

Literary experts from the UK, US and New Zealand will be speaking at the conference which is supported by the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS).

The conference takes place on Monday, 6 July in the City Hub Suites of the Charles Wilson Building, on the University of Leicester campus from 9.30am to 6pm.

To register your place at the conference, go to: or email Elizabeth-Anne Grummitt,

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