During the preparation of this edition, I have called upon the help and advice of many individuals and institutions. I wish to thank the following for their kind assistance both during my visits to their libraries, and at long distance subsequently: Carrie Bickner ( New York Public Library), Linda Sweeney (Condé Nast, New York; with thanks to the library for generous assistance with resources), Joan G. Caldwell and Wilbur E. Meneray (The Louisiana Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University); librarians and staff at the British Library, London; and, in particular, for their local knowledge, and their tireless responses to my questions while preparing the notes: Dennis Northcott and Jason D. Stratman ( Missouri Historical Society), and Mark Cave (The Williams Research Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection). My thanks also for help with resources and inquiries to Arnold A. Markley ( Penn State University), Sylvia Verdun Metzinger (Rare Books and Special Collections, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton Co.), Jim Woodman ( Boston Atheneum); and staff in the Interlibrary Loans division at the University of Durham. I am grateful to the Department of English Studies, University of Durham, for a term of research leave during this project, and, along with the Central Staff Travel Fund, University of Durham, for assistance with travel to libraries. For their warm interest, generous hospitality, and practical help, my deepest thanks to Felicia Kahn, Felicia Michelson, and Dick Troy ( New Orleans), and Grace Caporal and William Stephan ( St Louis). Judith Luna, Pamela Clemit, Fiona Robertson, Diana Collecott, David Fuller, and Ben and Sol Knights have all offered patient advice and support throughout. I owe especial thanks to Michael Watts for help with Louisiana patois. Any errors that persist are my own.
I am grateful for permission to publish writings from the Kate Chopin Papers, Missouri Historical Society, St Louis, Mo.; and to the Louisiana University Press, Baton Rouge, for permission to publish 'The Storm' (see Note on the Texts). My debts to the insight and enthusiasm of other Kate Chopin scholars will be very evident throughout.