Terrible Sociability: The Text of Manners in Laclos, Goethe, and James

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Acknowledgments

In the (too) many years it has taken me to complete this project, I have incurred many debts -- institutional and personal -- which it is a pleasure and relief finally to be able to acknowledge.

A doctoral fellowship from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) funded my first sojourn in Europe, enabling me to do the preliminary research for this project and to achieve the proficiency in German and French it required. An Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellowship at Harvard University afforded me research time and access to the collections of the Houghton and Widener Libraries. I also benefited from Columbia University's generous support of untenured faculty: the Columbia University Council for Research in the Humanities Summer Stipends, the Chamberlain Fellowship, and the Columbia University Career Development Program Fellowship.

The substance of my indebtedness to Peter Brooks will be apparent to any reader of this book. In the role of Doktorvater, he saw this project and its author through the fits and starts of dissertation writing; for his intellectual and pedagogical example, this tardy acknowledgment of oedipal gratitude.

At crucial moments in the genesis of this book, I was fortunate

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