1. Introduction: Empson as literary theorist: from ambiguity to complex words and beyond Christopher Norris; 2. Empsonian honesty and the beginnings of individualism Gary Wihl; 3. Empson, Leavis, and the challenge of Milton Willaim E. Cain; 4. Empson's Satan: an ambiguous character of the seventh type Paul H. Fry; 5. Compacted doctrines: Empson and the meanings of words Alan Durant and Colin MacCabe; 6. Figural narrative and plot construction: Empson on pastoral Pamela McCallum; 7. More lurid figures: de Man reading Empson Neil Hertz; 8. 'Fool' and 'pharmakon' William Righter; 9. William Empson's cosmicomiques Jean-Jacques Lecerle; 10. Empson as teacher: the Sheffield years Philip Hobsbaum; Index.