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Keats-Shelley Association of America, Inc.

Keats-Shelley Association of America, Inc.

William Godwin's haunted and hunted protagonist Caleb Williams employs the same metaphor in the opening line of his epistolary memoir: "My life has for several years been a theatre of calamity."8 In Memoirs of Emma Courtney, Mary Hays' heroine sees her life as a lit- erary construct: "A