From start to finish the intellectual and personal support of many institutions and people accompanied me through this study. Evelyn Helmick was one of the first scholars to teach Kate Chopin's singular novel, and I'll always be in her debt for that long-ago awakening. Much is owed to Mary Power, ardent Joycean and wonderful mentor and friend. For all my cherished memories of excellent teaching and inspired parties, I thank her. At a time when some branded my study "too unconventional," several mentors, then all at the University of New Mexico, gave me encouragement and advice, and I particularly want to thank them--George Arms, Hamlin Hill, Ira Jaffe, and Sam Girgus.
The facilities and staff of four libraries aided my research: the Zimmerman Library at University of New Mexico, the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University, the Otto G. Richter Library at University of Miami, and the University Libraries of Florida International University. I also wish to thank the staff of the Missouri Historical Society, the Newcomb College Center for Research on Women, and the National Museum of Women's Art.
At Florida International University many of my women's studies colleagues have supported my endeavors. I especially want to thank Joyce Peterson, and I cannot say which I value most, her friendship or her example. And to Gail Massey, a special thank you for being a joy to work with. I would also like to thank John Stack and Tom Breslin for their support. The University Press of Florida associates have my highest praise; I got to know Walda Metcalf the best, and I thank her the most.