Both editors freely admit how lost they would have been without the expert computer skills and the vital encouragement of Lanell VanLandingham, administrative secretary of the Department of Literature and Philosophy at Georgia Southern University. For headaches prevented and disasters averted, we thank her. We have also appreciated the guidance and generous attention of Curtis Clark, Mindy Wilson, Jennifer Horne, and others at The University of Alabama Press.
Rob McDonald wishes to thank the VMI Research Committee for a generous grant-in-aid which enabled work on his essay and on the collection in general. In the process, Christina Russell McDonald demonstrated once again just how essential she is to his ability to accomplish just about anything. He is pleased now, as always, to state publicly his gratitude for her critical insights as well as her patient accommodations of his working life.
Linda Rohrer Paige offers thanks to Bruce Krajewski, Chair of the Department of Literature and Philosophy at Georgia Southern University, who encouraged this work, allowing much needed support to bring this project to fruition, and to Julia Griffin, who kept her from creating a new dictionary. She also thanks her students Buell Wisner and Amara McGee, for their proofreading assistance and encouragement, especially when her eyes lacked focus; Cynthia Frost and the Interlibrary Loan Department of Georgia Southern for promptly and adeptly securing research materials; and last, David Paige, her husband, who enthusiastically, tirelessly, has supported her work, along with her children, Zachary and Callie, who came to see less of their mother as this volume took shape.