Many people have suffered in the making of this project; countless innocent victims have been caught up in its violent and erratic progress. Here is a list of the ones who made the most heroic efforts to keep it on course. My greatest debt of gratitude is to my former supervisor Nigel Leask, a truly remarkable man, who has been an unfailing source of knowledge and inspiration to me over the past decade. And not far behind him come John Whale, John Barrell, Hugh Haughton, Jack Donovan, Harriet Guest, Ludmilla Jordanova, Stephen Copley, Howard ErskineHill, Alan Forrest and Norman Hampson, who have all offered constructive criticism of my work at one time or another, not to mention James Chandler and the anonymous readers at Cambridge University Press, whose late suggestions for revision were a great help. In addition, I should like to thank my undergraduate director of studies Fred Parker, for so skilfully fanning the first flames of my revolutionary enthusiasm, and also Louise Hoole, Juliet Osborne and Mark Hallett, for having been prepared to live with the fumes. Finally, I must express my gratitude to Josie Dixon at Cambridge University Press, for her considerable kindness and understanding during the preparation of the typescript.