Man against Myth

Man against Myth

Man against Myth

Man against Myth

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It is obvious that no man writes a book in isolation, but rather in the midst of things and especially in the midst of people. So constant and compelling is the influence of the world around us that in any book the author can scarcely discern his own portion, though he may suspect that portion to be small. There is the direct aid he has received from others in the writing of the book, and there is the indirect aid of many more persons who have enlarged his knowledge and disciplined his thought.

I first conceived the analysis of social superstitions as a series of lectures. It was Miss Ella Winter who suggested to me the possibility of a book, and I must attribute to her whatever originality the plan may possess. To her husband, Mr. Donald Ogden Stewart, I owe grateful thanks for a warmth of encouragement which is said to be rare in successful authors, but which is bountifully present in him. And I should many times have surrendered my task, if it had not been for a renewal of my confidence by Mr. Angus Cameron, the Editor-in-Chief of Little, Brown and Company.

As a research assistant in the gathering of materials for this book, Miss Irma Spritz has served with great intelligence and skill. I am indebted to three of my colleagues, Dean William T. Caldwell, Dr. Irwin Griggs, and Dr. Elisabeth Schneider, for reading portions of the manuscript and for very helpful suggestions. I owe a . . .

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