This volume might well have been entitled ‘The Macclesfield Companion to TwentiethCentury Literatures in English’, as it was imagined and shaped at the kitchen table of John and Alison Cartmell’s house near Macclesfield, Cheshire, in the spring of 2003. Since then, the editors have worked at other tables in various places, together and apart, but never under friendlier or more hospitable circumstances. The editors are grateful, too, to the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures in the University of Edinburgh for their generous financial support. We are also grateful to all who contributed essays to the volume, and to the imagination and commitment of Edinburgh University Press, both in first commissioning it, and in supporting us in the enjoyable but demanding process of its completion. Many thanks, too, to Cairns Craig and Colin Nicholson for generous help in the late stages of completion.
BMcH and RS