To the National Endowment for the Humanities, for a 1979 grant that made possible much of the basic research for this study, and also defrayed transportation costs for access to scholarly sources in Mexico and France.
To Julia Prewitt Brown, Sara Castro-Klarén, Chinweizu, Ronald Christ, Linda Danielson, Tom Engelhardt, Antonio Giménez, Paul Holdengräber, Robert Jackall, Katherine Singer Kovács (in memoriam 1946-89), Ilse Hempel Lifschutz, George Pistorius, Arturo Ramos, Eugenio Suárez Galbán, Jasminka Udovicki, Patricia Wilcox, Susan Woodward, and an anonymous reader for the University of Nebraska Press, whose observations and encouragement at various points in the development of this project made me feel that it was worth pursuing.
To Françoise Pérus in Mexico City, whose ideas, interest, and hospitality helped confirm for me the potential value of the direction of my researches.
To Erica Harth and Michael McKeon, of the Division on Sociological Approaches to Literature ( Modern Language Association), to George Katsiaficas of the Wentworth Institute of Technology, and to the Williams College Faculty Lecture Series, for granting me the opportunity to air some of these ideas in public.
To Robert J. Temple, M.D., from whom I first learned, as an undergraduate, about T. S. Eliot's social and political views and their importance to his poetic oeuvre.
To Trudi Abel, Kerry Batchelder, Kanani Bell, Charles Hatten, Tamar Heller, Robert Jackall, Steven Kovács, Jorge Pedraza, and Sandi Clark Watson, for passing on to me various sorts of helpful information relevant to this work.
To Annette Rubinstein and the editors of Science & Society, for accepting and publishing, in 1987, parts of this work in essay form.
To Williams College, for a generous policy on leaves, which allowed for two different sabbaticals with much free time to read and write, and also for the periodic support made available via the College's Division I research-funding program.