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Jim McCue

Jim McCue - Editor

London, United Kingdom

Professional editor with 30 years experience, interested in every aspect of what makes a book work, from sentence structure to cover design.

Overview

Formerly an editor on The Times, I spent the best part of a decade as co-editor with Christopher Ricks of The Poems of T. S. Eliot. I specialize in editing doctoral theses into books, and place particular emphasis on widening their appeal. See https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimmccue1

Services

Work experience

Co-editor

The Poems of T. S. Eliot
February, 2007 – October, 2015 (over 8 years)

"These two superbly well-edited volumes ... represent many years of work by two of the best literary scholars and editors (and thus critics) of our time ... will repay a lifetime's reading ... an absolute pleasure to use ... the editors present their incomparable knowledge not only of Eliot's own work in its entirety but also the whole field of literature he drew upon, with the greatest possible concision ... I am so pleased to have lived to see it." - David Sexton (Evening Standard):
http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/books/the-poems-of-t-s-eliot-volume-1-volume-i-edited-by-christopher-ricks-and-jim-mccue-review-a3091711.html
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"one of the great labours of modern scholarship ... opening these books is like popping the locks on a suitcase packed with banknotes ... the most intimate biography we will ever have of this intensely literary imagination" - Jeremy Noel-Tod (Sunday Times)
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"a magnificent piece of work ... Could anything that Eliot wrote be undeserving of the distinguished and near-omniscient editorial services of Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue?" -- Sean O'Brien (The Independent):
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/reviews/the-poems-of-ts-eliot-the-annotated-text-volumes-1-2-edited-by-christopher-ricks-and-jim-mccue-book-a6704621.html
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"This landmark study is a monumental achievement ... high-stakes scholarship, educating the reader in the art of variorum reading" -- David Wheatley (The Guardian):
http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/nov/13/the-poems-of-ts-eliot-annotated-text-christopher-ricks-jim-mccue-review
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“I cannot think of another edition of a major modern author (even James Joyce) where these textual problems are so great and have been so successfully resolved . . . It really is going to give us an entirely new Eliot” – Professor Henry Woudhuysen (joint editor of the Arden Shakespeare series and of the Oxford Companion to the Book).

Sub-Editor and commissioning editor

The Times
February, 1992 – February, 2006 (almost 14 years)

During fifteen years on The Times, I edited prime ministers, Prince Charles, Simon Jenkins, Bernard Levin, Conor Cruise O'Brien, and politicians, historians, scientists and commentators of all kinds.

Portfolio (3 selected works)

T. S. Eliot The Poems Volume Two

Christopher Ricks, T.S. Eliot

<p><i>The Poems of T. S. Eliot</i> is the authoritative edition of one of our greatest poets, scrupulously edited by Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue. It provides, for the first time, a fully scrutinized text of Eliot's poems, carefully restoring accidental omissions and removing textual errors that have crept in over the full century in which Eliot has been so frequently printed and reprinted.... read more

<p><i>The Poems of T. S. Eliot</i> is the authoritative edition of one of our greatest poets, scrupulously edited by Christopher Ricks and Jim McCue. It provides, for the first time, a fully scrutinized text of Eliot's poems, carefully restoring accidental omissions and removing textual errors that have crept in over the full century in which Eliot has been so frequently printed and reprinted.... read more

T. S. Eliot The Poems Volume One

T.S. Eliot

<p>Here, for the first time, is a fully scrutinized text of Eliot's poems, carefully restoring accidental omissions and removing textual errors that have crept in over the full century in which Eliot has been so frequently printed and reprinted. The edition also presents many poems from Eliot's youth which were published only decades later, as well as others that saw only private circulation i... read more

<p>Here, for the first time, is a fully scrutinized text of Eliot's poems, carefully restoring accidental omissions and removing textual errors that have crept in over the full century in which Eliot has been so frequently printed and reprinted. The edition also presents many poems from Eliot's youth which were published only decades later, as well as others that saw only private circulation i... read more

Edmund Burke and Our Present Discontents

Jim McCue

Tight copy. Has some annotations throughout in ink, initials on FFEP. Cloth has some wear. Overall. fair copy.

Tight copy. Has some annotations throughout in ink, initials on FFEP. Cloth has some wear. Overall. fair copy.

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