Those of us who first met Marshall through his wonderful essays on matters far and wide in European literature of the eighteenth century and the Romantic era were not surprised, once we met him and got to know him personally, to find confirmed and to cherish in him the qualities of mind promised by the critical writing: intellectual rigor and boundless curiosity woven together by warm enthusiasm for the complexities of cultural and social life. More important for this occasion is the way those qualities extend beyond Marshall personally, and even beyond his own considerable body of writings, as a gift to the profession at large, institutionalized in his thirty years as editor of MLQ. During an age of diversity, volatility, and sometimes sharp-toned polemic, MLQ remained open to a shifting world, with a commitment to flexibility and nuance—a continual reminder that intellectual rigor and discipline are most fully...

You do not currently have access to this content.