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[ li ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Our greatest debt is to the late Valerie Eliot, for her tireless devotion over many years to collecting, preserving, and ordering her husband’s multiform writings, and for her confidence and trust in commissioning The Complete Prose of T. S. Eliot. We are also indebted to her personal assistant, Debbie Whitfield, who has graciously facilitated our access to editorial materials over several years, and to trustees Judith Hooper and Clare Reihill of the Eliot Estate. The editors are grateful to Stephen Page and Matthew Hollis of Faber and Faber for their support of this edition, and to archivist Robert Brown for providing access to and assistance with archival materials. We are indebted to the late Finn M. W. Caspersen, the late William B. Warren, and the trustees of the Hodson Trust for a substantial grant to the Johns Hopkins University Press to support this multi volume project. We prize the vision, technical expertise, and dedication of Kathleen Keane and members of the Press who have made this edition a reality: Andre Barnett, GregoryBritton,MichaelCarroll,BeckyClark,KimJohnson,MattMcAdam, Julie McCarthy, Claire McCabe Tamberino, Wendy Queen, Martha Sewall, and project manager Marcus Seiler, Bridgeline Digital. The Beck Foundation and the Beck Center for Electronic Collections at Emory University provided invaluable financial, technical, and personnel support for the creation of the electronic database of Eliot’s prose writings. Alice Hickcox, electronic supervisor of the Center, has overseen the construction of the database, trained staff and students, and given professional presentations on its implementation. She and staff member Erika Farr were extraordinarily helpful and patient with the editors as the project moved through its various incarnations, and Sara Palmer assisted greatly with final encoding.DeanRobertA.PaulofEmoryCollegeandDeansRickRubinson and Lisa Tedesco of the Laney Graduate School of Arts and Sciences provided fellowship support for the graduate members of Team Eliot: Lori Leavell, Erin Sells, Stewart Varner, Shannon Hipp, Jessie Dunbar, John Davidson, Jae Turner, and Sumita Chakraborty. The SIRE Undergraduate Research Program at Emory provided a succession of fellows who made significant contributions to the database and other aspects of the editorial ACKNOWLEDGMENTS lii ] project: Ryan Plocher, Lisa Sweat, Ali Madani, Wesley Pickard, Shalini Ramachandran, Elizabeth Peele, Mary Fernandez, and Fiona O’Carroll. Alan Cattier, Ade Afonja, Chris Roddy, Steve Collins, and James Bias of Academic Technology and the Woodruff Library have kept the database up and running since its creation in 2006. The English Department and MFA program at the University of North Carolina Greensboro provided support for editorial research assistance from Julian Aaron, Elly Bookman, Abigail Browning, Catherine Clifton, Logen Cure, Joseph McCormick, Michael Pontacoloni, Dalea Reichgott, and Anastasia Smith. And we are grateful for the assistance of current and former graduate students at UNCG, Nancy Adams, Michael Bedsole, Jacky Brammer, Amanda Keith, Cheryl Marsh, and April Williams. Through the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London, under the direction of Professor Warwick Gould, the Eliot editorial project received a substantial three-year grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to support the research of our English editors. The Institute has further provided an editorial office and technical support for all members of the editorial team, which has benefited from the assistance of Wim Van Mierlo and Conor Wyer of the Institute staff. We are thankful for the generosity and cooperation of Archibald Henderson, Eliot’s bibliographer, who shared with us scores of newly discovered prose items that he has brought to the bibliography through rigorous research. We are indebted to Professors David Wharton at UNCG, Jennifer Grotz at the University of Rochester, and Mark Schumacher at the Jackson Library, UNCG, for their unstinting assistance with translations of Eliot’s use of Latin, Greek, and French. We are grateful as well to Jayme Stayer, S.J., John Carroll University, for his patient and thorough reading of various drafts of the volume. We are especially grateful to the co-editor of volumes 5 and 7, and linguistic advisor for all the volumes, Iman Javadi, Institute of English Studies, for his generous and careful reading of the penultimate draft of volume 2. Other co-editors of previous and succeeding volumes offered valuable help at various stages of the project, including Jewel Spears Brooker, Eckerd College; David Chinitz, Loyola University Chicago; and Frances Dickey, University of Missouri. Other members of the greater editorial team were also helpful: Jennifer Formichelli, Boston University; Jason Harding, Durham University; Sir Christopher Ricks, Boston University; Jim McCue, [ liii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Institute of English Studies; John Haffenden...