Meet our Authors: Alain Kerhervé – June 2017

Alain Kerhervé is Professor in English Studies at the University of Western Brittany, France. He is the director of the HCTI research laboratory, based at the university, and a member of the Société d'Etudes anglo-américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles.

He wrote a book on Mary Delany (1700-1788), published by L'Harmattan in 2004, edited Mary Delany's court letters (Pickering-Chatto, 2015) and completed several book projects with Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Under Cambridge Scholars, Alain has authored Polite Letters: The Correspondence of Mary Delany (1700-1788) and Francis North, Lord Guilford (1704-1790), The Ladies Complete Letter-Writer (1763), and William Gilpin and Letter Writing, a two-volume publication on a letter-writing manual devised by William Gilpin, commonly known as one of the theoreticians of the picturesque, and a first insight into Gilpin’s more personal writings.

Alain explains why he has returned to publish with Cambridge Scholars on several occasions:

This is how my experience with Cambridge Scholars Publishing started. After reading a paper at a conference, the paper was selected to be part of a book published by Cambridge Scholars in Les villes d'eaux en Grande-Bretagne et en France aux 18e et 19e siècles (CSP, 2005).  A few years later, I contacted Cambridge Scholars with a first personal editorial project, which was turned into a book: Polite Letters: The Correspondence of Mary Delany (1700-1788) and Francis North (1704-1790) in 2009. The experience proved to be extremely rewarding: not only was the Cambridge Scholars team extremely efficient and quick but everyone was also very professional; their responses at every stage of the process were astonishing. I decided that I was going to return to Cambridge Scholars with further projects.

Since the editorial advisory board were particularly interested in projects concerning eighteenth-century texts, I submitted a proposal concerning the publication of a letter-writing manual designed for women. The Ladies Complete Letter-writer was published in 2010. More recently, two extraordinary texts written by William Gilpin, often known as one of the theoreticians of the picturesque, were accepted with enthusiasm by the advisory board. These two volumes made a set composed of a moving and thought-provoking correspondence between a grandfather and his grandson, William Writes to William: The Correspondence of William Gilpin (1724-1804) and His Grandson William (1789-1811) and a totally unknown letter-writing manual, designed for young men, William Gilpin's Letter-Writer, published in 2014. I was very pleased I had the opportunity of working with Cambridge Scholars and I hope to work with them again in the future.

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