Project Team

Leon Litvack (Principal Editor)

Leon is Reader in Victorian Studies at the Queen's University of Belfast, in Northern Ireland. He has been a Dickens Letters Editor since 2005, and is an acknowledged authority on Dickens's handwriting and manuscripts. He is the author of a number of studies on Dickens, focussing primarily on manuscripts, letters, painting, photography, and the historical and cultural contexts surrounding Dickens's life and work. He is currently editing Our Mutual Friend for the Clarendon Dickens series.

Jenny Hartley (Editor)

Jenny is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of Roehampton. Her books include Charles Dickens and the House of Fallen Women, published by Methuen in 2008. She edited The Selected Letters of Charles Dickens for Oxford University Press in 2008, and is currently working on Dickens: A Very Short Introduction, also for Oxford University Press.

Paul Schlicke (Editor)

Paul, born and educated in the United States, taught at University of Aberdeen in Scotland from 1971 to 2010. In addition to many scholarly articles and reviews he is author of Dickens and Popular Entertainment, compiler of an annotated bibliography of The Old Curiosity Shop and of the Dickens entry for Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature (3rd edn), and editor of the Oxford Companion to Charles Dickens. He has written an introduction to Dickens, Simply Dickens, and is editing Sketches by Boz for the Clarendon Dickens series. He is Past president of the Dickens Society of America and of the Dickens Fellowship, and the founding Chairman of the Aberdeen branch of the Dickens Fellowship.

Michael Slater (Consultant Editor)

Michael was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours 2014 for his services to literary scholarship. He is Emeritus Professor of Victorian Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London, and author of a number of studies of Dickens, notably a major biography, Charles Dickens 1812 - 1870 (Yale University Press, 2009). He is a former Editor of The Dickensian and a Past President of both the Dickens Fellowship and the Dickens Society of America. During 1994 – 2000 he edited The Dent Uniform Edition of Dickens's Journalism (4 vols., vol.4 co-edited with John Drew).

Ben Winyard (Assistant Editor)

Ben Winyard completed his PhD at Birkbeck, University of London, where he is now Digital Publications Officer. He was a Postdoctoral Researcher and Senior Editor on the Dickens Journals Online project and co-editor of Charles Dickens and the Mid-Victorian Press, 1850-1870 (2013). He has been a co-organiser of Dickens Day since 2005. He is also one of the founders of the A Tale of Two Cities and Our Mutual Friend digital reading projects.

Hannah Comer (Digital Assistant)

Hannah completed her MA at the University of Nottingham and is currently working as a Freelance Heritage Associate for a company based in Nottingham. Her research interests are in nineteenth-century literature and art, which she is aiming to continue through undertaking PhD study. 


Three of the founding Editors for this project have now retired, but their work in producing the 19 Letters Supplements published in The Dickensian is prominently represented in the present collection: 

Professor Angus Easson, formerly an Editor of the Pilgrim Letters, and a veteran scholar of Victorian fiction and poetry; Margaret Brown, formerly Associate Editor of the Pilgrim Letters, on which she worked for over thirty years; and Joan Dicks, a former Honorary General Secretary of the Dickens Fellowship and editorial assistant to Margaret Brown.