THANKS TO DON MELL FOR HIS PATIENCE—THIS BOOK WAS A LONG time promised—and helpful suggestions along the way. To Paul Hunter for his generosity from start to foreword. To my research assistants Karen Wyndham and Danika Brown for their diligence. To my student Wendy Weise-Smith for breathless overnight readings and responses during its frenetic summer of (re)composition.
Parts of this book are reprinted in revised form from the following articles and chapter sections: “The Birthday of the Son in Paradise Lost,” English Language Notes 13 (1975): 113–15; “Blessed are the Merciful: The Understanding of the Promise in Paradise Lost,’ Milton Quarterly 7 (1973):43–46; “Rochester,” in Word as Bond in English Literature from the Middle Ages to the Restoration (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1989) [Copyright © 1989 by the University of Pennsylvania Press], 165–73 [reprinted by permission of the University of Pennsylvania Press]; “John Dryden,” Concise Dictionary of British Literary Biography, vol. 2: Writers of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century, 1660–1789 (Detroit: Gale, Bruccoli Clark Layman, 1992 [copyright © 1992, Gale Group]), 118–49 [reprinted by permission of The Gale Group]; “Anarchy and Style: What Dryden ‘Grants’ in Absalom and Achitophel,” Papers on Language and Literature 14 (1978): 83–87; “The Image of the Circle in Dryden’s ‘To My Honour’d Kinsman,’” in Papers on Language and Literature 11 (1975): 168–76; “The Fate of The Fall in Pope’s Essay on Man,” Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 23 (1982): 134–50; “Female Rebels and Patriarchal Paradigms in Some Neoclassical Works,” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 18 (1988): 153–66; ‘“Don’t Touch Me’: Pope as Pharmakeus,” in Approaches to Teaching Pope’s Poetry, ed. Wallace Jackson and R. Paul Yoder, 73–79 (New York: MLA, 1993); “Corruption and Degeneration in Gulliver’s Travels,” Notre Dame English Journal 9 (1973): 15–22 [reprint permission