The author gratefully acknowledges the help and encouragement of many people who made this book possible. For inspiration, wisdom, and scholarly example, I thank Sara Munson Deats and Richard F. Dietrich, who also nurtured my love of Shakespeare and Shaw. I am indebted to Rosalie Baum, Harriet Deer, Elton Henley, and Catherine P. Rodriguez for their close reading of my work and fine suggestions that they made to improve it.
This book would not be a reality without the careful and patient attention of Rose Elizabeth Williams, who has good naturedly and expertly assisted with every phase of this project. Beth’s astute reading and editing is every writer’s dream come true.
I also express appreciation to George Butler, Maureen Melino, and Jane Lerner of Greenwood Press for their belief in this work and their help in bringing it to fruition.
Finally, I thank my family, Mark, Megan, and Mark III for their love and patience through yet another time-consuming project and for their pride in its author.