Exploring the Richardson Circle Using the Orlando Database, http://orlando. cambridge.org Most readers of this journal will be familiar already with Cambridge University Press's magisterial database, Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present, overseen by Susan Brown, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy. The database, which has changed the parameters of the scholarship and teaching of British women's writing, has long been brilliantly supervised by Grundy, whose efforts have opened doors for grateful scholars. My review considers the database's coverage of the small but influential, widely recognized, and self-conscious group of intellectual women who assisted Richardson with his second and third novels, Clarissa (17471748) and Sir Charles Grandison (1753 1754). (Though the novelist corresponded with many different people, critics typically use the tag ``Richardson's circle'' to name the literary coterie that gathered around him at his second home in North End, a group of brilliant young women, many of whom would themselves produce distinguished writing.) Its range is not as narrow as might first appear, for the task requires an evaluation of how far a well-known literary coterie is represented in a database where the primary structural focus is on individual lives and single-authored
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