Elizabeth Freke's accounts of her late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century Norfolk gentry world are the basis for a new critical edition of her autobiography. A complexly contradictory woman caught in an unhappy domestic life, she consciously constructed and reconstructed an identity as a wife, mother, and widow. By preserving two quite often different manuscript versions, the edition provides a new appreciation of a distinct self-image among early modern women's autobiography.
Raymond A. Anselment was born December 4,1939, and educated in both Minnesota and New York. After teaching for a year as a lecturer at the University of Rochester, he accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professorship at the University of Connecticut, where he is currently a Professor of English specializing in seventeenth-century English literature. The author of three dozen articles, an edited collection of essays on two plays of George Farquhar (Macmillan), and a facsimile edition of Thomas Taylor's work on typology (Scholar's Facsimiles and Reprints), Anselment has also published three book-length scholarly studies that range across various seventeenth-century periods and issues. The first, entitled Betwixt Jest and Earnest (University of Toronto), explores the practices and limitations of religious ridicule in a number of prose controversialists, including Milton, Marvell, and Swift. The second book, Loyalist Resolve (University of Delaware), focuses on the poetic responses to the political conflicts of the Caroline and Interregnum decades. The Realms of Apollo (University of Delaware, which by contract had the right of first refusal), chosen by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Book, explores the ways in which seventeenth-century poets confronted the realities of such everyday threats as infant mortality, plague, syphilis, and smallpox. Anselment's diverse scholarly interests are further evident in the more than twenty authors he has studied in essays published in most of the significant British, American, and Canadian journals in his field, including Review of English Studies, Medical History, Modern Language Review, the Bulletin of the John Rylands Library, The Seventeenth Century; ELH, Studies in English Literature, Modern Philology, Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Journal of the History of Ideas, Philological Quarterly, Studies in Philology, Huntington Library Quarterly, The Journal of British Studies, Restoration, Papers on Language and Lite