With this issue we mark the fiftieth volume of Dickens Studies Annual and forty-third with Essays on Victorian Fiction appended to the title. Amazing, and a moment of pride for all of us. Pride because the level of interest and quality of scholarship in this journal has been and continues to be significant, we believe, and the place of studies of Victorian fiction remains meaningful and strong. As the academy continues to evolve, as the humanities continue to be under siege, DSA evolves as well, but not in its fundamentals.

Forty volumes ago, we noted that “once again the Annual contains a range of scholarship and criticism on Dickens and on other Victorian authors, and we continue to cover selectively the field of Victorian fiction with research guides/review essays.” We also noted we continued to consider and publish essays considerably longer than standard journal length. All true today, as is...

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