INFLUENCE, IN A THOUSAND UNNAMEABLE FORMS, WAS BREATHED THROUGH this book by elder Dreiser scholars. Time was given me beyond my portion by research fellowships at Kent State University. Also, the Fates provided diverse readers: Claire Culleton, a modernist; Rick Newton, a classicist; Sidney Reid, a textualist; and Yoshinobu Hakutani, an Americanist and Dreiserian—may more young critics be granted Mentors like him. Richard St. Jean painted the Achaean with bald eagle shield, a deliberate anachronism. Christianity and Literature and Dreiser Studies gave leave to reprint previously published material, and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of the University of Pennsylvania to quote from Dreiser’s unpublished documents. Finally, in households that contain a writer, someone else often contributes the example of humanity itself and nobly carries a double burden through long days for the sake of what gets written, good and bad. That person deserves half the credit, as least for the good: Thank You, Amy.