My title alludes to the 1980 song sung by Prince, the genius rock star who died in late April 2016, just as I was beginning to write this afterword. If one question raised by this special issue is “Why the Legend of Good Women now?,” one answer might assert that its concerns are enduring; the poem teaches readers and listeners to reflect on sex, gender, love, loss, and telling tales—lasting themes that Prince famously and nastily took up and worked in many of his songs. The lyrics of “When You Were Mine”—relating the story of romantic loss, voiced by a lover who gave everything but was heartlessly betrayed—sound particularly like a latter-day Legend of Good Women:

When you were mine
I gave you all of my money
Time after time
You done me wrong
The relationship of these lyrics to the Legend of Good Women is in fact deliciously...

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