August 1857-June 1858

The Collected Letters, Volume 33


IN MEMORIAM; 2005; DOI: 10.1215/ed-33-in-memoriam; CL 33: firstpage-33-xiii-lastpage-33-xiii


KENNETH J. FIELDING died on 20 May 2005, ending an almost forty years' relationship with the Carlyle Letters project, which he led with characteristic enthusiasm, drive, and restless energy, first with Charles Richard Sanders and then with Clyde de L. Ryals (see In Memoriam, vol. 27). When he joined the project in 1966, he was already an internationally recognized Dickens scholar. He brought the same intelligence and passion to the Carlyle Letters, and his status as a pre-eminent Victorian scholar was soon acknowledged throughout the field of English studies. His width of knowledge and reference was a priceless asset to the Carlyle Letters, as was his record in tracing new papers, archives, and relationships. He co-edited Thomas Carlyle's The French Revolution and Reminiscences for Oxford University Press and a selection of Jane Welsh Carlyle's letters for Ashgate, while finding time in a very busy professional life to produce a dizzying array of articles on a wide range of subjects. At conferences his papers were measured and delivered with the authority of someone who had given decades to his subject. He retired officially as Senior Editor after the publication of volume 29 but continued as Advisory Editor for subsequent volumes. His life's work has contributed vitally to assure the completion of the project. His presence will be much missed by those of us still working on the Carlyle Letters, as it will be by scholars and general readers interested in nineteenth-century literature, history, and culture.