The Yellow Nineties Online

Ed. Dennis Denisoff and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra



(Last Update: February 2012)


Person’s Name: FIRST, LAST (BIRTH AND DEATH DATE) (flush left)—i.e.

        ELLA D'ARCY (1851-1939)

Biographical Entry: Begins flush left, immediately under person’s name. Left justified, single-

        spaced. 1000-1500 words.

Entries should include the following:

a) Brief biographical details focusing on early education, training, and important influences.

b) Extended commentary on career, including important contributions to literary, artistic,

        cultural, social and/or publishing history. Keep quotations from other sources to a

        minimum. Use MLA parenthetical method of reference. Do not use explanatory

        footnotes or endnotes.

c) Where relevant, the subject's contribution to, or association with, The Yellow Book and

        other aesthetic periodicals of the period should be noted. Connections to key

        periodicals, works, events, and people of the Victorian fin de siècle warrant mention.

d) Include two bibliographic lists at the end of the biography: 1) Selected Publications by [the

        person]; and 2) Selected Publications about [the person]. The first of these lists should

        be alphabetical, by title. The second list should be alphabetical, by author.

e) A portrait of the person, if possible. May be a photograph, drawing, caricature, or painting,

        preferably from the period. Digitized image to be submitted with final version of

        biography, as either a jpeg or tiff (600 dpi), and the credit line to be published with it.


All notes, essays, and other editorial apparatuses in The Yellow Nineties Online follow the MLA

        Style Guide (7th ed.) with respect to capitalization, punctuation, spelling, hyphenation,

        numbers, and reference. Please note: we use a comma before "and" in a series. Book titles

        are italicized, not underlined. We use Canadian spelling.

The Yellow Book, not the Yellow Book. Acceptable abbrev.: YB


At the end of the piece, please provide your name, institutional affiliation (if any), and a brief

50-60 word bio, in line with what you would normally contribute to an academic journal.


 MLA citation:
 Denisoff, Dennis and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra. "Editorial Guidelines for Contributors of Biographies." The Yellow Nineties Online. Ed. Dennis Denisoff and Lorraine Janzen Kooistra. Ryerson University, 2012. Web. [Date of access].