As is the case with any project of this magnitude, the list of individuals who helped to make this book a reality is lengthy. We owe a great debt of gratitude to our families for their support, both emotional and financial: Charles L. Green, Jay and Jolene Caudle, Fred Disheroon and Diane Donley, Richard and Elaine Green, Kathryn A. Green and J. Alexander Green.
Alexander Pettit of the University of North Texas was instrumental in helping us plan this volume, and in making initial contact with Greenwood Press. James T. F. Tanner, Haj Ross and Barbara Rodman have not only taught each of us an enormous amount about American literature and literary research, but have been tremendously supportive mentors toward our research efforts and wonderful friends in the bargain. The efforts of Lisa Abney of Northwestern State University in helping us to edit and revise the final version of the manuscript were invaluable as well. Emily Toth of Louisiana State University was also an indispensable resource, both for her contribution of the introduction to this volume, as well as for her advice and suggestions for revision. Able assistance with translations of materials in French and German was provided by Marie Francoise Conin-Jones, Derek Foster, and Jerry Erath.
Barbara Ewell of Loyola University, New Orleans not only helped us locate a copy of her essay, but gave us advance copies of the special section of Southern Quarterly devoted to Chopin. We are grateful for her kindness in helping us make this volume as up-to-date as possible. Susan Bonifer and Gisela Brinker-Gabbler also assisted us in locating hard-to-find items.
We also owe a debt of gratitude to Fleming Thomas, the Interlibrary Loan Librarian at Northwestern State University, who diligently and repeatedly