I received the following from Clive Probyn this morning:It is with very great sadness that I tell you that our friend and colleague Harold Love died at 7.00 a.m. this morning, Sunday 12 August.
He will be sorely missed by scholars all around the world, and by his past and present friends, students, but mostly, of course, by his devoted family.
I will let you know when I hear about arrangements.
I am not sure if it is too early for reminiscences. Fortunately, I have little experience in such matters. However, I can't imaging that it would hurt to mention that I first met Harold in June 1993. My honours supervisor at the University of Tasmania, John Winter, had drawn my attention to the BSANZ Bulletin
and, since my topic was the manuscript publication of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's poetry, I read Harold's 'Manuscript versus print in the transmission of English literature 1600-1700' (1985) with great interest.
I sent a letter and, when I was on holiday in Melbourne, made the trek out to Monash to meet him. As a result of that meeting, Harold agreed to be an external supervisor to my Honours project. Two years later, I moved my Ph.D. research to Monash and Harold became my main supervisor, continuing in this position until I submitted in 2003. For ten years Harold encouraged my work, and smoothed the way for me through endless administrivia.
In June 1993 at Monash Harold introduced me to Clive Probyn (English), Richard Overell (Rare Books librarian), Ross Harvey (then Librarianship Lecturer and editor of BSANZ), Ian Morrison (then working on the Early Imprint Project) and Brian McMullin (Librarianship Lecturer). Ross gave me a pile of back issues to the BSANZ Bulletin
and a subscription form, which I soon returned.
In retrospect, it is clear that my June 1993 visit to Monash was a turning-point in my academic life. Remote and inhospitable as the Clayton campus is, it seemed to be at the centre of bibliographic research in Australia, something I wanted to be a part of. (Long-time members will also realise that in June 1993 I managed to meet four of the past-editors of the BSANZ Bulletin
: Harold, Brian, Ross and Ian.)
And so, though the news was by no-means unexpected, it is with great sadness that I read Clive's email concerning Harold this morning. It may be too early to write an obituary for Harold, and it is certainly too late to add one to S&P
30.3, but members should expect something in S&P