George Whetstone: Mid-Elizabethan Gentleman of Letters

George Whetstone: Mid-Elizabethan Gentleman of Letters

George Whetstone: Mid-Elizabethan Gentleman of Letters

George Whetstone: Mid-Elizabethan Gentleman of Letters

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George Whetstone: Mid-Elizabethan Gentleman of Letters is a result of many hours spent in the Columbia University Library—chiefly in a tiny room toward the attic in South Hall. Practically every member of the excellent staff of the Library has at one time or another supplied friendly and efficient assistance in searching out books here or in other libraries of the United States and England.

In beginning his investigations, the author had the benefit of the kindly interest and encouragement of Professors Harry Morgan Ayres and Frederick S. Boas. In fact, from beginning to end Professor Ayres has retained a benevolent sort of sovereignty. Professor Oscar James Campbell has patiently read every page from the roughest first draft to the last copy and has been unfailingly kind and wise in offering advice. Others of the University's fine scholars who have generously examined the manuscript and offered suggestions are Professors Dino Bigongiari, Roger Sherman Loomis, Marjorie Nicolson, and William York Tindall and Dr. Henry Willis Wells. Miss Evelyn Boyce and Mr. Henry H. Wiggins of the Columbia University Press have supplied valuable editorial aid.

Acknowledgment should also be made of the kindness of various publishers in granting permission to quote copyrighted material: the Cornell University Press for quotations fromT. F. Crane's Italian Social Customs of the Sixteenth Century and Their Influence on the Literature of Europe; E. P. Dutton & Co. for quotations fromLaurie Magnus 's Documents Illustrating Elizabethan Poetry; the Encyclopœdia Britannica for quotations from the eleventh-edition articles "George Whetstone" and "Sin"; the President and Fellows of Harvard College for quotations from Donald A. Stauffer's English Biography before 1700 and from John C. Rolfe's translation of Aulus Gellius in the Loeb Classical Library; the University of Illinois Press for a quotation fromHarold Golder's "Bunyan's Giant Despair" in the Journal of English and Germanic Philology; the Philological Quarterly . . .

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