While working on this book, I have benefited much from the assistance and feedback of many colleagues and friends. Without the support of Marilyn Butler, Linda Bree, and especially James Chandler at Cambridge University Press this book would not have materialized, and so to them I am particularly grateful. Marilyn Butler and my anonymous readers at Cambridge also provided in-depth responses to the manuscript–my thanks to them for their generous and challenging readings.
While working on this book, I received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the University of Nottingham. I would also like to thank the following libraries for permission to publish materials: Ashmolean Library, Oxford; UCLA Library Department of Special Collections; UC Davis Library Department of Special Collections; National Library of Scotland; British Library; The Huntington Library, San Marino, California; Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies; Edinburgh University Library. Parts of three chapters appeared elsewhere, and I am grateful to those publishers for permission to reprint material here in revised form: “'I hasten to be disembodied': Charlotte Dacre, the Demon Lover, and Representations of the Body” (European Romantic Review 6 ); “Introduction: Charlotte Dacre and the Vivisection of Virtue, ” Zofloya; or, The Moor, by Charlotte Dacre, ed. Adriana Craciun (Broadview, 1997); “Violence Against Difference: Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Robinson, ” in Making History:T extuality and the Forms of Eighteenth-Century Culture, ed. Greg Clingham (Bucknell University Press/Associated University Presses, 1998); “The Subject of Violence: Mary Lamb, Femme Fatale, ” in Romanticism and Women Poets: Opening the Doors of Reception, ed. Stephen Behrendt and Harriet Kramer Linkin (University Press of Kentucky, 1999).
Fatal Women of Romanticism took shape while I worked in several universities, and I want to thank my colleagues for their patience and input as I