BEFORE listing the publishers and agents whose co-operation has been invaluable, I must mention a few of the friends and colleagues to whom I owe particular gratitude.
For countless suggestions, as well as for stimulating support during the preparation of the manuscript, I am most indebted to my friend (though my publisher) M. Lincoln Schuster, whose enthusiasm has been surpassed only by his understanding.
The addition of several shrewd observations and the subtraction of many dangling participles are due to the sotto voce comments of Richard L. Simon.
For Suggestive material, research, and verification, I am grateful to librarians, teachers, and nonprofessional scholars all over the country, especially to Charles D. Abbott, Fannie Elizabeth Ratchford, C. W. Hatfield, David McCord, Maria Leiper, Eleanor Gertrude Brown, and Frank Ernest Hill.
For a microscopic editorial reading of the manuscript with one eye on the author and one on the printer, I am deeply indebted to Wallace Brockway.
The paragraphs preceding THE SONG OF SONGS are part of an introduction written for the edition of THE SONG OF SONGS to be priqted for The Limited Editions Club in Palestine. The introductory paragraphs to THE RUBÁIYÁT OF OMAR KHAYYÁM appeared in a somewhat different version as a foreword to the edition of that poem published by PocketBOOKS, Inc.
A few sentences have been quoted from the author's introduction to the Modern Library edition of THE CANTERBURY TALES, as well as a few lines from his PLAY IN POETRY and AMERICAN POETRY: FROM THE BEGINNING TO WHITMAN, both of which are published by Harcourt, Brace and Company.
I am particularly happy to record my indebtedness to the various publishers and agents who have graciously permitted the use of poems copyrighted or controlled by them. This indebtedness is alphabetically acknowledged to:
Brandt and Brandt, Inc. For THE MOUNTAIN WHPOORWILL from