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    Dr Stephen Bending

Stephen Bending is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture at the University of Southampton. His publications include, Green Retreats: Women, Gardens, and Eighteenth-Century Culture; A Cultural History of Gardens in the Age of Enlightenment; and, The Writing of Rural England, 1500-1800. He is general editor of the Chawton House Library Series, which republishes women’s novels, travel writing, and memoirs from the long eighteenth century; and he is currently working on two related projects, Pleasure Gardens and the Problems of Pleasure in Britain, France and North America, 1660-1830, and Women in Retreat: American Landscapes 1750-1835.