In a sense, my Aunt Marsha is responsible for what follows. When I was twelve years old and quite capable of devouring novels by the dozens, she loaned me her well-worn copy of Gone with the Wind. I was transfixed and, at least temporarily, satiated. I now want to thank her for that loan, and to thank others who have made loans of a slightly different kind.
I am indebted to friends and colleagues--most especially Meg Kelley, Sarah Cliffe, Bruce Carey, Cathleen Carter, and Bob Torry--who have kept me alive and thinking; to Professors Mimi Goehlke and Mark Savin of the University of Minnesota, for their care and encouragement during my early graduate school years; to participants in the State University of New York at Buffalo Women's Writing Group, who read most of these chapters in rough draft and offered suggestions for revision; to Professors Claire Kahane, Leslie Fiedler, and John Dings of the State University of New York at Buffalo for their focused attention and insightful commentary; and to members of the University of Wyoming English Department.
And finally, I am most grateful to Professor Marcus Klein. Without him, the book could not have come into being.