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214 publisheduntilthenineteenthcentury,the poem was in the possession of Israel Wilkes, John Wilkes’s older brother, who spent much of his life in Europe and may wellhavemetSterneinhisbrother’scompany ): From pompous life’s dull masquerade , From Pride’s pursuits, and Passion’s war, Far, my Cordelia, very far, To thee and me my Heaven assign The silent pleasures of the shade, The joys of peace, unenvied, though divine! Safe in the calm embowering grove, As thy own lovely brow serene, Behold the world’s fantastic scene! What low pursuits employ the great, What tinsel things their wishes move, The forms of Fashion, and the toys of State. There are three more stanzas, all reiterating the notion that a flight withCordelia from the ambitions of this world to a ‘‘prospect of enchanting things / As ever slumbering poet knew / When Love and Fancy wrapt him in their wings!’’is a sentimental journey devoutly to be wished. (On the history of the poem, see Robin Dix, ed. The Poetical Works of Mark Akenside [NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1996], 409, 521). Melvyn New University of Florida SCRIBLERIANA Adrian Khactu (Temple University), our new Assistant Editor, was indispensable in the production of this issue. And we welcome Samantha Batten (Auburn University Montgomery ) as our Business Manager; we are pleased to have her skills. We also want to thank many who aid The Scriblerian: Kristin Masters (University of Florida), Esther Yu (University of Florida), John Freehafer (Temple University), and Peter Tasch (TempleUniversity ), who proofread and save us from many slips; reviewers who continually help us, such as Don Wehrs (Auburn University), Philip Smallwood and David Roberts (both of the University of Central England), Susan Iwanisziw (independent scholar), Madeleine Descargues (Université de Valenciennes),and Kathleen James-Cavan (University of Saskatchewan ); contributors, such as Beverly Schneller (Millersville University); and Melvyn New, whose assistance is much broader than his responsibility for book reviewers. Our stock of the 1993–1998 Scriblerian Bibliography and Index is running out; issues are still available ($15 for individuals; $20 for libraries). J. DOUGLAS CANFIELD On July 3, 2003 J. Douglas Canfield died at home, the end of a spirited contest with pulmonary fibrosis. As at ease on the soccer field as in the classroom, in a hunting camp as an academic conference, attending a protest rally or an oral exam, playing a guitar or plying a pen, he was a man of parts. The last six years saw the publication of three scholarly books (Tricksters and Estates, Heroes and States, and Mavericks on the Border ), two editions of an anthology of Restoration and early eighteenth-century drama, 215 and a book of poetry, The Graying of the Sixties ; another collection of poems and ‘‘the baroque book’’are in production. Except for one NEH-funded sabbatical, he taught full time, wrote articles and presented papers, edited Restoration (2001–2003), refereed youth soccer , hunted, vacationed with his family, and protested the war. Doug taught a quartet of lower division traditions courses, texts and films treatingtopics of chronic concern: evil, tricksters, war, human rights. His courses wereacombination of academic boot camp and forced march: a text and a paper per week along with viewing films outside class. Survivors, and there are an astounding number of them, emerged with that peculiar bond common to those who weather unnaturally difficult events. Students filed through his office, coming not for help or to grouse, but to share news of some triumph . On April 30th he taught his last class from a wheelchair; his wife Pam, his son Colin, university luminaries, department staff, and his students gave him a standing ovation. Knowing his ties to the landscape, a colleague presented him with a potted cactus garden, ‘‘to show how we feel about you.’’His eyes glinting with malicious glee, Doug caught his breath and fired from the hip, ‘‘You think I’m a prick!’’ Irrepressible. Maja-Lisa von Sneidern University of Arizona The Cant of Criticism Jonathan Lamb’s TLS review of Tom Keymer ’s Sterne, the Moderns, and the Novel (Oxford, 2002) and Wolfram Schmidgen’s Eighteenth-Century Fiction and the Law of Property (Cambridge, 2002) prompted epistolary Shandeism from an anonymous reader to the TLS Editor (March 28, 2003...

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