Many individuals and several institutions have supported this project and made it possible. Grants and research aid have come from the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Programme, the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, The William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, the Georgia State University English Department, and the University of Toronto libraries. Parts of chapters 1 and 3 have appeared in Eighteenth-Century Life and The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation respectively; I am grateful to the editors of those journals for permission to reprint material. I owe an unrepayable debt to Reginald Berry, who introduced me to Dryden and his translations and whose example and input have been more influential than he can know. To him the book is fondly dedicated. In the first and most crucial stages of this project Brian Corman and, later, Steven Zwicker gave invaluable guidance and unflagging support. Others have read and offered advice about various sections and aspects of the book. Thanks especially to Reiner Smolinski and Robert Markley, as well as to Patricia Briickmann, Greg Clingham, Hugo de Quehen, Jake Fuchs, Brean Hammond, Mecthilde O’Mara, Malinda Snow. All errors and omissions are, of course, my own. For constant love, support, and encouragement I am thankful to my husband, Reiner Smolinski, and to my parents, Nan and Bill Caldwell, who are always there for me even when, geographically, they are not.