The first draft of each chapter was independently reviewed by four people: the two editors, another author from the book, and an anonymous external reviewer. Regarding the latter, we are grateful to: Margaret Barrett, Colin Durrant, Jane Ginsborg, Thomas W. Goolsby, Donald Hall, David Hargreaves, Daniel Kohut, Gunter Kreutz, Leopold Mathelitsch, Jeff Pressing, James Renwick, Bruno H. Repp, R. Keith Sawyer, Stanley Schleuter, Emery Schubert, and William Forde Thompson for making their expertise available to us and to the authors.
We take this opportunity to thank the various representatives of Oxford University Press with whom we came in contact during the long process from submission to publication. We especially thank our acquiring editor, Maribeth Payne, and our production editor, Ellen Guerci, for their support and guidance.
Most of all we, the editors, are grateful to the authors for their patience in the face of all those guidelines, bulletins, reviews, comments, recommendations, and deadlines that we sent around by e-mail. At times they must have seemed endless! Now that the authors can see their chapters in the context of the whole book, we hope that they agree with us that it was worth the effort.
December 2001 R. P. G. E. McP.