It is a great pleasure to thank the many people who helped bring this project to fruition.
From the beginning, John Burt, Joyce Antler, and Tom Doherty at Brandeis University, where this book began as a dissertation, helped me to move beyond a purely literary study into a broader work. Their support, insightful readings, and encouragement continue to fuel my work.
John and Joy Kasson provided a wonderfully stimulating five weeks at their 1995 NEH Summer Institute on the Thirties; I'd like to thank them and the other participants in the institute for leading me to think about Depression culture in a new way. Thanks to Leon Fink for his encouraging reading of sections of the manuscript.
At the Federal Theatre Project archives at George Mason University, Lorraine Brown shared a wealth of knowledge with me. I'd also like to thank the staffs at Brandeis and Boston College; at the Library of Congress, Manuscript divisions and Motion Picture division; at the National Archives; at the John Hay Library at Brown University; and at Virginia Commonwealth University interlibrary loan, especially Jeannie Scott.
I could never have completed this project without the cheerleading and criticism of my writing groups, past and present. At Brandeis, Eve Raimon and Ellen Wolff and, at Virginia Commonwealth University, Kathy Fuller and Carol Summers offered me valuable critiques, advice, and humor.
Thanks to Paul Wright, at University of Massachusetts Press, for his long