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The Wordsworth Circle is an international quarterly learned journal founded in 1970 to publish contemporary studies of literature, culture, and society primarily in England during the Romantic period from about 1760 to 1850. Directed toward scho lars, critics, and students, it focuses on the lives, works and times of such writers as Wordsworth, Coleridge, Blake, Hazlitt, DeQuincey, Lamb, Southey, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Scott, Jane Austen, minor and popular writers such as Beattie, Maria Edgeworth , Leigh Hunt, John Clare, and James Hogg. It includes non-literary figures (historians, scientists, artists, architects, philosophers, theologians, and social commentators) and topics (science, politics, religion, aesthetics, education, legal reform, musi c)--anything that appeared during, impinges upon, or is of interest to investigators concerned with the English Romantic period. TWC has also published special issues concerned with teaching Romanticism, new critical perspectives, and specific genr e such as drama or the novel, individual authors such as Hazlitt, Jane Austen, and Walter Savage Landor, and collections of essays, some of which are from conferences. with an editorial policy that reflects rather than shapes the discipline, TWC is ranging, diverse, and eclectic. The fourth issue of every volume is an annual review , which offers long essay-reviews of the major books published in the field of Romanticism, both English and Continental. The goal: to capture and record the special spirit, substance, and style of English Romantic studies.