Material from several chapters has previously appeared in ELH, Modern Language Quarterly, and Renaissance and Reformation. I thank these publications for permission to reprint work here.
This project began as a doctoral dissertation, which I defended at the University of Toronto. I thank the department of English at Toronto for providing me with financial aid that enabled me to conduct research at the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada for granting me a generous fellowship. Lawrence Lipking, John Baird, Ruth Harvey, William Halewood, and Nancy Lindheim all provided thoughtful and welcome comments on various aspects of the work, and Kyp Harness assisted me in producing the original typescript of the dissertation.
The current work represents a thorough rethinking and revision of the dissertation. It began renewed life at a workshop organized by the Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies at UCLA and the Clark Library. I thank the Center for having invited me, and the workshop's participants for their helpful remarks. I have greatly benefited at various stages of the revision from the support of friends and colleagues, especially John Baxter, JoAnna Dutka, Anne Higgins, and Ronald Huebert. I am grateful to Marshall Brown for his warm words of encouragement, and to Lyn Bennett for her invaluable assistance in helping me to prepare the final typescript. I also wish to thank Philip J. Cercone and the editorial staff at McGill-Queen's University Press, and Curtis Fahey for his care and attention in copy-editing the work.