All in all, in spite of the blood, sweat, and tears that my associates and I have
invested in the work, this is essentially John March's book; we have tried to aid the
reader without intrusively altering the product. March is not the same man for me
that he was when I began the project. What has happened along the way can perhaps
best be described as the growth of respect, admiration, and yes, even love. With
characteristic candor March made this observation about the process that had
already absorbed more than a few years of his life: "Everyone has their own ideas
how to do research. I'd say our methods have paid off pretty well. Just takes patience
and determination and guts."
3 Without question, John March had all three qualities
"The Estate of Our Independence," in The Incompleat Pogo ( New York: Simon
and Schuster), p. 191.
Mildred Bennett may have been the one who hand-verified hundreds of fictional citations on John March's notecards, modifying a good many of them.
Letter to Mildred R. Bennett, May 13, 1960.
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Book title: A Reader's Companion to the Fiction of Willa Cather.
Contributors: John March - Author, Marilyn Arnold - Editor, Debra Lynn Thornton - Editor.
Publisher: Greenwood Press.
Place of publication: Westport, CT.
Publication year: 1993.
Page number: xix.
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