Words and Wordsmiths Front matter
On December 31, 1987, Leslie Rogers retired as McCaughey Professor of Early English Literature and Language at the University of Sydney, a Chair which he had held since July 4, 1966. The co-sponsorship of this volume by The University of Sydney Arts Association, of which he has been Secretary and President, and The Sydney Association for Studies in Society and Culture marks an appreciation of his long and active membership of the Faculty of Arts. Early in his career at Sydney, where, in 1958, he took up a Senior Lectureship in the Department of English, Leslie became Sub-Dean (1960--62) to Professor John Dunston and, subsequently, Pro-Dean to Professor Ralph Farrell in 1967. From 1968-71 he was Dean of the Faculty, during a busy period of re-structuring and expansion of the faculty system. He has served twice as a Fellow of Senate, first (1968-69) in his capacity as Dean, and later (1974-75) as one of three professorial Fellows· elected by the academic staff.