It gives me great pleasure to acknowledge the generosity and expertise of colleagues who read versions of the manuscript and guided it through multiple drafts: Leonard Barkan, Fred Kaplan, Steven Kruger, Wendy Martin, and Donald Stone, friends all. Heartfelt thanks as well to Donald McQuade, John Weir, Glenn Burger, and Charles Molesworth for their encouragement and counsel.
The team at Stanford University Press has been superb to work with through each stage of production. All thanks to Emily-Jane Cohen for her sponsorship of the project and to Sarah Crane Newman for miraculously keeping track of permissions, art logs, captions lists, and authorial slip-ups. In Carolyn Brown and Cynthia Lindlof I found the ideal production editor and copyeditor: both are as tactful and upbeat as they are meticulous.
I was fortunate to work with a number of research librarians who deserve special commendation for their assistance with the project. At the New York Society Library, my thanks go to Mark Bartlett, to Ingrid Richter for hours spent scanning images, and to my friend Arevig Caprielian for her work on the index. Katherine Blood and Martha Kennedy of the Library of Congress were unstintingly helpful with images for the book, as was Jodee Fenton of the Seattle Public Library. The project proceeded by the grace of staff members at the Beinecke Library; the Rare Book and Manuscript Collection of Columbia University; the Berg Collection and the Manuscripts and Archives division of the New York Public Library; and the Barrett Library of the University of Virginia. Special thanks go to Joan Tomczyk and Marlene Tanzer for their contributions and camaraderie.