Gillian Dow is Chawton Lecturer at the University of Southampton and Chawton House Library. Her research focuses on women writers and translation in the Romantic Period. Women Readers in Europe: Readers, Writers, Salonnières, 1750-1900, an edited collection of essays, is forthcoming in February 2011 in the journal Women’s Writing.
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