Brent E. Kinser is Professor of English and Department Head at Western Carolina University. He is the author of The American Civil War and the Shaping of British Democracy (Ashgate, 2011), and the coordinating editor of The Carlyle Letters Online (Duke UP, 2007– ; https://carlyleletters.dukeupress.edu/home), the electronic edition of The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle (Duke UP, 1970– ), for which he serves as an editor. He is the author of numerous articles on the Carlyles and co-editor of several Carlyle volumes, including of a variorum edition of Carlyle’s History of the French Revolution in Three Volumes (Oxford UP, 2020, with David R. Sorensen, Mark Cumming, and Mark Engel), the Strouse Edition of Carlyle’s Essays on Literature (U of California P, 2020, with Fleming McClelland and Chris R. Vanden Bossche)), an Oxford World’s Classics Edition of The French Revolution (2019, with Sorensen), “Rethinking the Western Tradition” edition of On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History (Yale UP, 2013, with Sorensen) and co-author (with Sorensen) of the entries on Carlyle in Oxford Bibliographies Online (Oxford UP, 2012) and on the Carlyles in The Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature (Blackwells, 2015). He is co-editor of the international scholarly journal Carlyle Studies Annual and a founding director of the Victorian Lives and Letters Consortium (2011– ). His other work includes co-edited editions (with Rodger L. Tarr) of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’s Cross Creek Sampler (UP of Florida, 2011), and The Uncollected Writings of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (UP of Florida, 2007). At present he is working with colleagues to complete editions of Carlyle’s Past and Present for Oxford UP and Marge and Julia: The Correspondence of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Julia Scribner Bigham for UP of Florida.
Dickens and the Problem of Being Human