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Like Mueller, Aers and Kress find differing versions of the self emanating from the epistles; like Marotti, they too see Donne as manipulating the verse epistle to "circumstance" (106) both himself and his patronesses in the courtly environments they inhabited.
But in neglecting detailed questions of production and reception of texts, she has been led to treat with equal weight self-financed and largely ignored texts (which include even Marie de Gournay's Egalite) and commissioned works for great patronesses such as Agrippa's De nobilitate, which had an international circulation.