I would like to extend my thanks to the contributors to the volume, all of them outstanding, internationally recognized scholars from the United States, England, and Denmark; their cooperation and patience have been extraordinary. Special thanks go to Gabriele Bodenmüller ( University of Washington) for providing computer expertise and to my colleagues and friends Niels Ingwersen ( University of Wisconsin), Alan Bower (Thisted, Denmark), and David W. Colbert ( Seattle) for editorial assistance. David also translated Chapters 2 and 10. The following colleagues have contributed invaluable assistance: Patricia L. Conroy ( University of Washington) with a discussion of Faroese balladry in Chapter 8, Susan Brantly ( University of Wisconsin) with the pages on Karen Blixen in Chapter 6, and Malan Marnsdóttir Simonsen (Tórshavn) with information about Faroese women writers in Chapter 9. A note of deep-felt appreciation to the various evaluators of the manuscript is also in order: Patricia L. Conroy, Bo Elbrønd-Bek ( University of Wisconsin), Niels Ingwersen, James Massengale ( University of California at Los Angeles), Harald S. Naess ( University of Wisconsin), Maria Nikolajeva ( University of Stockholm), Bertil Nolin ( University of Gothenburg), and Mary Kay Norseng ( University of California at Los Angeles).
As the general editor I would like to extend my appreciation to the cooperative efforts of the other volume editors: Patricia L. Conroy ( Iceland), George C. Schoolfield ( Finland), Harald S. Naess ( Norway), and Lars G. Warme ( Sweden).
It is with gratitude that I acknowledge the financial support received from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Finally, without the wonderful support and patience of my wife, Dominika, and my daughter, Eva Maria, this volume would not have been possible.