In the six and a half years that I spent writing this book I tugged on many sleeves. Demands for brevity do not permit me to identify in detailthe substantialand varied contributions of the owners of those sleeves, but I list their names now with a deep sense of gratitude: Catherine Belsey, Thomas Berger, David M. Bevington, Theresa Coletti, Robert Coogan, Jane Donawerth, Donna B. Hamilton, William M. Hamlin, Grace Ioppolo, Erin Kelly, Bernice Kliman, Robert S. Knapp, Theodore B. Leinwand, Maynard Mack Jr., Laurie Maguire, Nancy Klein Maguire, Robert Miola, Alan H. Nelson, Elihu Pearlman, Joseph A. Porter, Lois Potter, Martha Tuck Rozett, William H. Sherman, Virginia Mason Vaughan, Paul Whitfield White, Gary Williams, and Georgianna Ziegler. In spring 1996 I was privileged to participate in a semester-long Folger Institute seminar led by J. W. Binns on “Books, Learning, and the Academy in the English Renaissance. ” I am obliged to Professor Binns's seminar for greatly increasing my understanding of sixteenth-century neo-Latin literature in England. I owe subsequent debts to the two anonymous readers, for their perceptive comments, and to Sarah Stanton of Cambridge University Press, for her efficient editorship. Immeasurable thanks are also due to the Folger Shakespeare Library for providing the venue for most of the research and writing of the manuscript. The drafting of several chapters was facilitated by a semester research fellowship from the Graduate Research Board of the University of Maryland.
I also express my gratitude for opportunities to present parts of this project at meetings of the Modern Language Association, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Central Renaissance Conference, Southeastern Renaissance Conference, Shakespeare Society of America, and InternationalShakespeare Conference. An early version of chapter 1 was published in Studies in the