Peter J. Manning graduated from Harvard University and received his PhD from Yale University. He taught at the University of California, Berkeley, from 1967 to 1975 and is now Professor of English at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Byron and His Fictions (1978) and Reading Romantics (1990), as well as several other essays and reviews on the English Romantics, and the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the NEH. With Susan Wolfson he edited Lord Byron: Selected Poems for Penguin (1996); the same team will shortly bring out an edition of the verse romances of Sir Walter Scott and a volume of selections from Thomas Lovell Beddoes, Thomas Hood, and W. M. Praed. Professors Wolfson and Manning are also editors of the Romantics section of a new anthology of British Literature forthcoming from Longman. Manning continues work on a study of the late Wordsworth, which he fears may suffer the same fate as his original's Recluse, inspiring a similar lack of general regret.