The editors wish to thank the Hofstra University Cultural Center for its support, encouragement, and unflagging work on behalf of the Agatha Christie interdisciplinary conference that inspired this volume. We are particularly grateful to Athelene A. Collins for her tireless efforts as conference coordinator. We are also appreciative of the contribution of Judy M. D'Angio, who worked so hard to prepare these essays for print.
Our editorial assistant, Keith Dallas, has been invaluable throughout the process of preparing the volume for publication. His contribution to the preparation of scholarly references and bibliographies and his help with the myriad tasks that editors face were performed with intelligence, goodwill, and generosity of spirit. We thank him.
Finally, we wish to express our thanks to all of those others at Hofstra University who helped in this endeavor and to the university itself for creating an atmosphere in which such work can be accomplished.