is the author of Telling Time: Clocks, Diaries, and English Diurnal Form, 1660-1785
(Chicago, 1996), as well as numerous essays on such topics as Ben Jonson, John Dryden, and the diary and autobiography. His forthcoming book, News and Plays: Evanescences of Page and Stage, 1620-1779
, tracks the vexed, complex relations between the playhouse and periodical print once the news industry got under way, four years after Shakespeare's death. He is also at work on several new projects: a book on time and the novel in the 17th and 18th centuries, a book on the textures and tactics of lyric, melody, harmony, and song structure, and a book on teaching in time.