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Professor Michael Franklin

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of Professor Michael Franklin after long illness. Mike was one of the founders of EMCO. His truly polyglot and rigorous scholarship shaped EMCO into what it is now. His vast knowledge of all things literary (he was a medievalist turned eighteenth-century scholar), his particular interest in Hester Thrale Piozzi as a Welsh woman, and his work on Orientalism in the eighteenth century fed into the project directly and indirectly, into footnotes and the critical apparatus.

But beyond the academic contribution to the project, Mike was instrumental in shaping EMCO into a collegiate, co-operative project that acknowledges everyone's contribution and hard work. His humour, and his wit, his curiosity and his enthusiasm were and will remain an essential pillar of EMCO. It emerges from all his writing, particularly the Introduction to the Piozzi Section, so we encourage you to savour his sharp-wittedness here. 

We owe him so much and are honoured to have been his 'partner', his friend and colleague.


In sadness

the EMCO team

Please note that all dates and location information are provisional, initially taken from the library and archive catalogues. As our section editors continue to work through the material we will update our database and the changes will be reflected across the edition.

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