FOR specific information or advice I am grateful to Julia Briggs, Richard Greene, Martin Hamlyn, Terence Leach, Ann Messenger, Mary Prior, and Marguerite Stocker. It will be apparent that I have a more general debt to a number of scholars who have recently worked on women writers of the eighteenth century. It is a pleasure to acknowledge the assistance and patience of the staffs of the Bodleian and British Libraries. Although they can bear no responsibility for what has resulted, Marilyn Butler and Jerome McGann emboldened me for the task at an early stage, when I was still gathering resolution. Kim Scott Walwyn of Oxford University Press maintained a finely judged balance of encouragement and pressure in keeping me at it. My wife, who has her own busy life, listened to much about the project and cheerfully accompanied me to some far-flung graveyards.