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Meet our Authors: Robert Ignatius Letellier – September 2016

Robert Ignatius Letellier was educated in Grahamstown, Cambridge, Salzburg, Rome and Jerusalem. He is a member of Trinity College, Cambridge, the Meyerbeer Institute Schloss Thurnau, the Salzburg Centre for Research in the Early English Novel, the Maryvale Institute, and the Institute of Continuing Education at Madingley Hall at the University of Cambridge.

He has over 100 publications to his name, including books and articles on the late-seventeenth-, eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century novel, the Bible, and European culture. He has specialised in the Romantic opera, especially the work of Giacomo Meyerbeer, and has also written on Daniel-François-Esprit Auber, as well as Ludwig Minkus and the Romantic Ballet.

Robert is Cambridge Scholars’ most prolific author, having published the majority of his titles with us in the fields of literature, music and Scripture, sometimes in collaboration with other scholars, and always in the interests of expanding historical understanding and new interpretation. He explains why he has returned to publish so many of his works with Cambridge Scholars and describes how the publication process has been refined over the years.


My association with Cambridge Scholars began in 2003, at the very inception of this company. From the outset the hallmarks were openness and innovation. The company has distinguished itself by undertaking projects that others might have regarded with caution or even scepticism. The result was the ground-breaking publication of the complete libretti of the operatic master Giacomo Meyerbeer, which led in turn to a unique and unprecedented musical catalogue in Romantic opera and ballet.

Further books and scores emerged, covering a comprehensive survey of the composer's life and work: a guide to research, a reader, a discography, facsimiles of original manuscripts, sheet music of his sacred music, songs, cantatas and music for festive occasions. Work on Meyerbeer relates to other studies in opera: Daniel-François-Esprit Auber, with source books on the opéra-comique and the operetta. The books on ballet saw the first ever life and works of the neglected and now resurgent Ludwig Minkus, a comprehensive reproduction of his chief scores, as well as work on the French Romantic Ballet, Cesare Pugni, and Romualdo Marenco.

At a wider level, this openness to ideas has forged the way for the creation of a broad and exploratory back catalogue, covering a gamut of subjects across the board, with perspectives of a wide and original nature. The books which emerged from the beginning in both hard and soft covers were produced using the latest digital technology, with arresting cover design, and characterised by close consultation and cooperation with the authors.

Over the years, and with stimulating regularity, new, effective and attractive technology is being used to introduce striking presentation, especially in the sphere of illustration. Here, for example, new techniques are allowing for marvellous colour centrefolds—an aspect of production that is transforming the style, nature and potential of publishing. My recent work on Scripture has been given a fascinating new perspective through these centrefolds, providing a vibrant iconography that offers an alternative historical-pictorial dimension to the concepts of exegesis and hermeneutics.

Openness to ideas and innovation in production technique are the hallmarks of a dynamic company at the service of knowledge and education, and at the forefront of new publishing ideas. Cambridge Scholars is an agent in the spread of knowledge and the liberating enlightenment that can come with it—principally by encouraging scholars of every kind, offering them hope and potential, whether this is in rediscovery of the new in the old, or in pushing forward the limits of perception and understanding of the world around us.


As part of the Meet our Authors campaign, we are offering our readers a 50% discount on both volumes of Robert’s most recent project: The Bible as Revelatory Word: 1 Scripture as Oracular Text (The Prophetic and Wisdom Traditions) and The Bible as Revelatory Word: 2 Scripture as Providential Text (Late Old Testament Narrative). To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MOASEP16 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 17th October 2016.


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Created on: 19/09/2016 14:34
'The Rev. Dr. Robert Letellier's output is monumental. However, he also found time to introduce me to Cambridge Scholars Publishing and to write a Foreword to my first book: Scripture: A Unique Word.

I enjoyed the dialogue over the cover design and the whole process of the book's production. We used a word-picture of mine based on the Hebrew word for listen "Shema", which was "wrapped-around" the whole book.

The trilogy that followed, on Faith's relationship to Reason, used three cover designs, each of which was based on a response to the words of Exodus 3: 1-6, although the verse which refers to the fire is as follows: 'and he looked, and lo, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed' (3: 2). Thus each book of the trilogy has a different but related cover design which was tastefully incorporated into the final effect.

Congratulations to both the Rev. Dr. Robert Letellier and to all at Cambridge Scholars Publishing