I have worked on this book a long time. In doing so, I have depended upon many colleagues and friends, in many ways. They include Paul Betz, Stuart Curran, Leona Fisher, Elaine Hadley, Lisa Nanney, Jason Rosenblatt, Donna Sitterson, Jim Slevin, Penn Szittya, Dennis Todd, Wilfrid Ver Eecke, and members of the Washington Area Romanticists' Group. Sue Lanser, Michael Ragussis, and Mark Reed, in particular, have at different times read and responded thoughtfully to the entire manuscript.
I thank Georgetown University for sabbatical leave and summer grant support. I thank also the editors of the following journals for permission to reprint parts of this book that appeared in their publications in substantially different forms: JEGP, PLL, PMLA, South Atlantic Review, and SP.