I should like to thank the following copyright-holders and publishers for permission to quote from various works: the estate of Humbert Wolfe and the Hogarth Press for permission to include an extract from ‘Notes on English Verse Satire’ (1929); the estate of E.M. Forster and Edward Arnold Ltd for permission to include Forster’s essay John Skelton from ‘Two Cheers for Democracy’ (1950); the ‘Times Literary Supplement’ for permission to include Edmund Blunden’s essay (1929); the estate of Richard Hughes and Chatto & Windus Ltd for permission to include the Introduction to Hughes’s ‘Poems by John Skelton’ (1924); the Oxford University Press for permission to include the passage on Skelton from C.S. Lewis’s ‘English Literature in the Sixteenth Century (excluding Drama)’ (1954) by C.S. Lewis Reprinted by permission of Oxford University Press; Robert Graves for permission to reprint his essay An Incomplete Complete Skelton from the ‘Adelphi’ (1931); the estate of W.H. Auden (Professor Edward Mendelson) for permission to reprint Auden’s essay from ‘The Great Tudors’ (1935); G.S. Fraser for permission to reprint his essay from the ‘Adelphi’ (1936).
I am also grateful to the various scholars listed in my Bibliography whose work has made my own task much easier. I owe a particular debt to Professor Robert S. Kinsman of the University of California at Los Angeles who has generously shared his knowledge of Skelton with me.