More often than not, we hear, coeditors of essay collections must contend with disregard for deadlines, resistance to criticism, and illness of temper. Of such experience we can tell you little. Manuscripts of impressive grace and clarity came promptly from Minnesota, from Texas, from Taiwan. We had no differences with our deconstruction worker, nor did we experience oral sadistic behavior from our psychoanalytic reader, and our phenomenologist fulfilled the horizon of our greatest expectations. Others may have lost friends in such projects; we have gained many and are most grateful to them.
Bruce Wilcox, Director of the University of Massachusetts Press, deserves our sincere thanks: he has been supportive of our efforts from the day we approached him with the idea of such a textbook. We are grateful for his wisdom, his encouragement, and his genuine kindness.
We wish to extend special thanks to Beth Ridenour and Pam Lerow, gracious and expert processors of words at the University of Kansas, and to Mary Pate and Susan Jusselin of Louisiana State University in Shreveport, for the skill and good humor with which they typed our correspondence and assembled our manuscript.
Doug would like to indicate other debts as well: to those at the University of Kansas, especially Michael L. Johnson, chair of the English department, who supported, in various ways, a semester-long symposium in 1985 on literary theory, critical practice, and the classroom; to an appreciative audience at the University of South Florida who responded helpfully to a version of the Introduction; and to Patricia L. Douglass, who brought to the project--and to his life--new meaning, purpose, and joy.
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Publication information: Book title: Contemporary Literary Theory. Contributors: G. Douglas Atkins - Editor, Laura Morrow - Editor. Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press. Place of publication: Amherst, MA. Publication year: 1989. Page number: xiii.
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