Prof Markman Ellis is Professor of Eighteenth-Century Studies at Queen Mary, University of London. He was general editor of Tea and the Tea-Table in Eighteenth-Century England (2010), and was the editor for Volume 1: Literary Representations of Tea and the Tea-Table. He the author of The Coffee-House: a cultural history (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2004), editor of Eighteenth-century Coffee-House Culture (4 vols, 2006), and author of several articles on coffee-houses in academic and general journals. His previous monographs include The Politics of Sensibility (Cambridge University Press, 1996), The History of Gothic Fiction (Edinburgh University Press, 2000) and further articles on slavery and literature, georgic poetry, natural history, poetry and the city, and the painter Samuel Scott. He also co-edited Discourses of Slavery and Abolition (2004), and Prostitutes and Prostitution in Eighteenth Century Culture (2011).
Dr Richard Coulton completed his doctoral research into early-modern horticultural networks and discourse in the Department of English at Queen Mary, University of London in 2005. Since then, he has held a Fellowship in Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C., as well as short-term lectureships at Queen Mary, NYU in London, Goldsmiths, and Westminster. Dr Coulton has published in the Journal of Eighteenth-Century Studies on sociability and natural history in early eighteenth-century London; and has recently completed journal articles on the cultural history of nursery-gardening, and on John Philips’s georgic poem Cyder. He was the editor of Volume 2: Tea in Natural History and Medical Writing in Tea and the Tea-Table in Eighteenth-Century England (2010). With Matthew Mauger he has pursued an occasional recreational interest in psychogeography.
Dr Matthew Mauger’s research focuses on the literary and intellectual life of London in the eighteenth century, with a particular emphasis how Enlightenment legal debate forms an important context for artistic production in the period. His doctoral thesis, completed in 2004, argued that the life of the law was a key context for understanding William Blake’s difficult prophetic works. He has published articles on Blake’s legislative architecture, the literature of penal transportation, and the commercial innovation, mercantile life, and the history of the civic institutions of the City of London. He was the editor of Volume 3: Tea, Commerce and the East India Company in Tea and the Tea-Table in Eighteenth-Century England (2010). When he’s not drinking or thinking about tea, he is also writing a collaborative study of book theft in eighteenth-century London with Chris Reid and Richard Coulton.