Understanding Macbeth could not have evolved to its final present form without the good will and assistance of other people. I extend my heartfelt thanks to Linda Woodbridge for providing me the initial opportunity and inspiration to write this book. I gratefully acknowledge Rick Bowers for the enthusiasm and critical eye with which he responded to each chapter, bringing his share of gentle encouragement to the work-in-progress. I owe an immeasurable debt to Heather Holtslander, who generously proffered her time and skills to transcribe a large portion of the manuscript from my tape-recorded muttering when tendinitis crippled both my arms during virtually the entire duration of this project. Without her help and resourcefulness, someone else would likely have authored this book.
Others deserve recognition for their kind offerings, from research access across the globe and through the Internet, to patient ears and inspirational ideas. I thank especially Carol Everest, Maxine Hancock, Kim McLean-Fiander, and Arlette Zinck. To these friends and many more, I can say that they play a large part in my continued efforts to cope and achieve through debilitating injuries and prolonged illness.
I also acknowledge and thank my parents for unknowingly providing me--among countless other gifts--my earliest introduction