Teresa Heffernan is Associate Professor of English
at St. Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Daniel O'Quinn is Professor of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.
What a treat to see this indispensable and versatile text again
available, lovingly edited by Teresa Heffernan and Daniel O'Quinn.
They have followed the first edition, 1763 (illicitly published
after a secret all-night copying session), while correcting their
text from Montagu's own manuscript. Her idiosyncratic, open-minded,
proto-feminist responses to Islamic civilization are more
fascinating today than ever, and the context that the editors
supply for them is simply the best yet." - Isobel Grundy,
University of Alberta
"Montagu's famous Letter-book has at last received the attention it has long deserved as an important piece of eighteenth-century travel literature. The lively introduction constructs the historical and literary context of the work, while an impressive set of appendices illustrates not just her world, but also that of her interlocutors and her contemporaries." - Virginia H. Aksan, McMaster University
"In their superb Introduction to Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's The Turkish Embassy Letters, Teresa Heffernan and Daniel O'Quinn write that "much like her letters, it is only more recently that her strategic and intelligent engagement with Ottoman culture is being mined." Their edition is a timely and compelling reminder of the reasons why we should pay attention to the writing of this remarkable woman. They have produced what will no doubt be the definitive teaching edition for years to come." - Suvir Kaul, University of Pennsylvania