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The editors of Restoration note with sadness the passing of noted scholar Richard Kroll, who died at the age of 56 on February 5, 2009, after a long battle with pneumonia. Kroll was the author of The Material Word: Literate Culture in the Restoration and Early Eighteenth Century (Johns Hopkins, 1991) and Restoration Drama and “The Circle of Commerce”: Tragicomedy, Politics, and Trade in the Seventeenth Century (Cambridge, 2007; reviewed in this issue). He was a co-editor of Philosophy, Science, and Religion in England, 1640–1700 (Cambridge, 1991); editor of two collections of essays on the eighteenth-century novel; author of numerous essays on Restoration and early eighteenth-century literature; and recipient of several fellowships, including National Endowment for the Humanities and American Council of Learned Societies fellowships. Former student and Irvine colleague Jayne Lewis remembers him “as an exacting and devoted teacher who was committed to both the ideals of public education and the integrity of a classical one… [as well as] a principled and generous colleague and reader.” Margaret Doody, recalling fondly Kroll’s days as her colleague at Princeton, observed that he “very actively pursued knowledge, and delighted in bringing ideas and facts into connection—yoking them, not as Dr. Johnson says of the Metaphysical poets, ‘with violence,’ but with rational discernment of underlying relationships.” Born in Kenya in 1953, Kroll took his first degree from Downing College at Cambridge and earned his PhD at the University of California at Los Angeles in 1984. After teaching at Princeton University, Kroll joined the faculty at the University of California, Irvine, in 1992, where he was a Professor of English at the time of his death. [End Page 1]



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