Gainesville, Fla.—The University Press of Florida (UPF) is pleased to announce The Melvyn New and Joan New Editing Internship, named in honor of Melvyn New, professor emeritus at the University of Florida and longtime UPF author, and in memory of his wife, Joan New. The internship is graciously funded by Melvyn New with the purpose of helping students gain practical and professional knowledge about book publishing. Beginning in Fall 2023, the internship will support one student per semester who is working toward a degree in the Department of English at the University of Florida.

The internship celebrates Melvyn New’s longtime involvement with the Press and aligns with New’s academic interests and experience in editorial roles. “For 30 years, Dr. Mel New has been a friend of the Press, as author, as faculty, and as a champion of university presses on the University of Florida campus. We are so grateful to Dr. New for this marvelously generous gift which will support years of internships at the Press,”says Romi Gutierrez, director of the University Press of Florida.

The Melvyn New and Joan New Editing Intern will work with both the Acquisitions Department and the Editorial, Design, and Production Department at the Press, assisting editors in the transformation of a book manuscript into a printed and bound volume. Intern duties will include preparing manuscripts for copyediting, evaluating images to meet publication specifications, recording permissions documentation, helping make corrections to page proofs, and checking final printer’s proofs.

Melvyn New is professor emeritus of English at the University of Florida. New is the editor or coeditor of the nine volumes in the Florida Edition of the Works of Laurence Sterne series, an important contribution to the field of eighteenth-century literature. Joan New (1936–2020) coedited the first two volumes in the series, which present a scholarly edition of the text of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. Melvyn New is the author of many additional books, including the forthcoming Textual and Critical Intersections: Conversations with Laurence Sterne and Others to be published by the University Press of Florida in December 2023.

Founded in 1945, the University Press of Florida is the official publisher of the State University System of Florida. UPF has published over 3,000 books since its inception and currently releases approximately 70 new titles each year. UPF engages educators, students, and discerning readers by producing works of global significance, regional importance, and lasting value.

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