Bob Owens, Professor of English Literature at The Open University, has been awarded an ‘Outstanding Academic Title’ by Choice, the review journal of the American Library Association, for his work The Novels of Daniel Defoe.
The Novels brings to completion the 44-volume edition of The Works of Daniel Defoe, of which Professor Owens is joint General Editor. His own editions of Robinson Crusoe and the Farther Adventures of Robinson Crusoe are the first two volumes of The Novels set.
Defoe's position in English literature is pre-eminently as a novelist, and Robinson Crusoe is one of the earliest and most influential works of fiction ever published in English. This edition represents the first authoritative scholarly edition of all eight of his novels. It provides readers with extensive explanatory and textual notes, clarifying particularly the relationship of the novels to the rest of Defoe's extraordinary and multifarious body of writing.
Speaking of his award, Professor Owens said: “For the edition to have been given this accolade in its final stages is very pleasing indeed, not only for me but for my colleague and joint General Editor, Nick Furbank, Emeritus Professor of The Open University, for the twelve international scholars who edited individual volumes, and for Pickering & Chatto our publishers".
The criteria for the award are:
Professor Owens’s next project is to complete an edition of the 1611 Authorised King James Version of The Gospels for publication by Oxford University Press.
The journal Choice has a circulation of over 35,000 copies to academic librarians as well as academics in the USA.