Heidi Thomson is Senior Lecturer in English at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She has edited The Absentee for Penguin Classics (2000). Together with Kim Walker she has edited Volume Five of Edgeworth's Tales for the Pickering Masters edition (1999). She has published articles and reviews in the Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Studies in Romanticism, Yearbook of English Studies, Modern Language Review, and Criticism. She particularly enjoys teaching, reading and thinking about the lyric poetry of Gray, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Keats.