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241 Acknowledgments As with any scholarly project of this scope, each chapter has developed gradually over years and has benefited greatly from the input of others, aca­ demic colleagues as well as family and friends, who have served as a cadre of trusted readers throughout the process. I would like to ­ acknowledge here a profound debt to those who have participated in the journey. Their generous comments and suggestions on drafts as well as responses to conference papers have enhanced this work immeasurably. Finally, I wish to credit those journals and presses that have granted permission to reprint material that originally appeared in their publications in an earlier form, as detailed below, and in addition recognize the many professional organizations where related conference papers were presented as this project was being conceived. First, I would like to thank colleagues in Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts who have shown particular interest in and a keen appreciation for this work as it progressed. Nancy Peterson, scholar of Native American literature and former head of the English Department, provided incisive critiques of early versions of the chapter on Louise Erdrich — ​ as did Elizabeth Dodd of Kansas State University, herself subject of chapter 9, “Time’s Horizon.” Purdue ecocritic Robert Marzec, American Studies scholar Ryan Schneider, and rhetorician Richard Johnson, as well as historians Doug Hurt and Bob May, have all expressed enthusiasm and provided encouragement at various stages of the project. Jill May of the College of Education edited and published my earlier essay on contemporary Native American writers, in many respects the precursor to the discussions of Louise Erdrich and Diane Glancy here. In addition, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Purdue’s College of Liberal Arts generously provided funding to underwrite professional indexing of the volume, as well as for me to travel to deliver a keynote address on Paul Gruchow at Texas Tech University, commemorating the recent acquisition of his unpublished papers by the Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community, and the Natural World. 242 Acknowledgments I am equally grateful to a great many others who generously commented on earlier versions of material. First and foremost, colleagues at the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature inspired this work with their own, and read drafts of much of this material and responded to related conference papers over the years, especially Bill Barillas, Phil Greasley , Mary Catherine Harper, Marcia Noe, Mary Obuchowski, Ron Primeau, and above all David Radavich. Jon Lauck, cofounder and president of the Midwestern History Association, provided timely guidance and support. Thanks also to site manager emeritus Randy Lehman at the Limberlost Historic Site in Geneva, Indiana, for reviewing an early draft of the chapter on Stratton-­ Porter’s work and to Dave Fox, manager at the Gene Stratton-­ Porter State Historic Site at Rome City, Indiana, for providing access to the author’s private library as well as selected letters. Kim Stafford has been particularly gracious in responding to several versions of chapter 6, “Landscapes of the Past,” which assesses his father’s work in relation to ecological and cultural memory. Similarly, Lou Martinelli , founder and director of the Paul Gruchow Foundation, has been a patient and perceptive reader of the manuscript as a whole, as well as a vital guide to my appreciation of Gruchow’s signature contributions to the literature of environmental history. Conference papers presented over the years have been an essential springboard for much of the thinking that underlies this study. The Association for Study of Literature and Environment and the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature have been particularly valuable venues in this regard, and much of the argumentation in the present volume took shape in their company. Other professional organizations where earlier versions of this work have been delivered and received considered response include the Great Lakes American Studies Association, International Reading Association , Midwest Modern Language Association, and National Council of Teachers of English. I am also grateful to Lou Martinelli for granting permission to quote materials from the archive of Gruchow’s autograph manuscripts now housed in the Sowell Family Collection at Texas Tech University. I am particularly honored to have been the first scholar to be granted access to this substantial body of unpublished work. A number of my previous publications have been folded into this book. The chapter on Audubon, for example, incorporates, reworks, and expands on material originally published as “The Making of a Conserva- 243 Acknowledgments tionist: Audubon’s Ecological Memory...


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