Part 1: Acknowledgements
I should like to acknowledge and thank some individuals and institutions who have contributed in a sustained way to the growth of the knowledge underpinning the original research which this Walter Greenwood web/blog site publishes on an ongoing basis in an accessible form. Firstly, I would like to thank Anthony Cond of Liverpool University Press, who, in 2006, commissioned me to write the first book on Walter Greenwood’s famous work Love on the Dole. I had already published on the novel, once in an article in 1992 (one of my first publications), and again in a book chapter in 2006, so Anthony did not quite create my interest in Walter Greenwood, but he did create the opportunity for me to explore it to a much higher level (and generously and foresightedly published a book which, in the end, differed somewhat from his original plans). I remain very pleased with the support I received from Liverpool University Press and the beautifully designed book which resulted in 2018. See Home
I would also like to thank the Humanities Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University and the colleagues within the Centre for in various ways supporting elements of my research over three decades. Then I would like to thank the University of Salford Library and Archives for enabling my frequent visits between 2006 and 2017 to the Walter Greenwood Collection, which they preserve, and especially the Archivist at the time, Ian Johnston (his successor, Alexandra Mitchell, continues to enable my continuing research on the life and writing of Greenwood). I would also like to thank colleagues in the Sheffield Hallam University Library for much and varied assistance over the years, especially in locating and borrowing rare resources. Equally, I should acknowledge the excellence of a national treasure – the British Library National Newspaper Archive (see British Library Newspaper Archive). I acknowledge in individual articles my specific uses of its resources, but would like here to say what a superb database it is: its range of newspapers is wonderful, the annual subscription is superb value, and its search engine is user-friendly and effective. I would like to acknowledge and thank two institutions who have have consistently helped the site to maintain high standards of visual accuracy and education: the National Portrait Gallery, London, and the Mary Evans Picture Library / Illustrated London News Ltd. Both have through a variety of licences made the use of key images possible. I would like finally to thank two community research groups for sustaining and adding to my interest in, enjoyment, and knowledge of popular fiction, culture, and social history in the first half of the twentieth century. These are The Reading 1900-1950 Reading Group (see https://reading19001950.wordpress.com/ ) and the Reading Sheffield Group (see https://www.readingsheffield.co.uk/).
Part 2: Referencing System
I was very clear from the beginning of the web/blog site that it should be aimed at any interested reader, but also maintain high standards of scholarship and good referencing, so that evidence could be traced and followed up according to interest or need. Everything published on the site seeks to achieve professional academic standards of originality, significance and rigour. To accommodate these intentions, I began in earlier articles by incorporating all references into brackets in the body of the text, usually with a link to online materials where possible. However, this sometimes led to a somewhat cluttered text, so I then moved towards giving quick online references in brackets in the text where possible, and providing end-notes for more complex references. This is not quite any of the standard Humanities referencing systems, but I hope it provides a reasonably good online reading-experience, with both good referencing, and as little interruption to the main material as possible. Where I think readers might want to know more about a person or topic referred to, I have tried to provide an easily accessible source via a link, avoiding any material which is not open access. For film information, sources are usually BFI Screen-online and/or IMDB; for other topics, it is usually Wikipedia, which is readily accessible, but also generally reliable, if used with some discretion.
Part 3: Copyright
The copyright holder for Greenwood’s works is stated to be Nicholas Evans of 6 Norwich House, Cordelia Street, London, E14 6AT UK, on the WATCH database of copyright holders hosted jointly by the University of Reading and the University of Texas Austin – see https://www.reading.ac.uk/library/about-us/projects/lib-watch.aspx and https://norman.hrc.utexas.edu/watch/record_detail.cfm?contactid=2439&IndivID=&ArtistID=7343
In their correspondence with me, Random House Publishers (who publish the Vintage edition of Love on the Dole) have also named Nicholas Evans as the current copyright holder. However, my correspondence to the address given has been returned marked ‘unknown at this address’, and I have been unable so far to trace Nicholas Evans by advertising over a number of weeks in The Times and Times Literary Supplement in 2016. I believe Nicholas Evans to be Greenwood’s nephew; if he sees this, or if anyone has any further information about him, I would be very glad to hear from him or them. In the meantime, I will continue to use short quotations from Greenwood’s published works for purposes of criticism and review and practise fair dealing.
The right of Chris Hopkins to be identified as the author of this web/blog has been asserted by him in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Quotations for the purposes of criticism and review are, of course, welcome.
- Best wishes, Chris Hopkins.