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Like all books, this one depends on the work of ­ others to a degree that its author cannot fully fathom. Some of this work is technical as well as intellectual. The corpus linguists Mark Davies (byu​ .­ corpus​ .­ edu) and Andrew Hardie (cqpweb​ .­ lancs​ .­ ac​ .­ uk) have built research tools that can do­things I only dimly dreamed of as a gradu­ate student. May humanists have the wherewithal to use well what they have made. I thank Chris Curtis for working with me on a machine learning classifier and helping me to see its potential for literary research. I have been grateful for the encouragement and advice of a number of brilliant linguists: Adele Goldberg, William Croft, Paul Hopper, and especially Michael Israel, who ­ shaped my thinking at crucial junctures and whose expertise has saved me from many though doubtless not all errors of linguistic analy­ sis. Throughout the research and writing of this book I have benefited from the camaraderie, insight, and criticism of many ­ people: my terrific colleagues at Georgetown University, among them Caetlin Benson-­ Allott, Ashley Cohen, Nathan Hensley, Brian Hochman, Sarah McNamer, Patrick O’Malley, Ricardo Ortiz, Cóilín Parsons, Sam Pinto, Nicole Rizzuto, Jason Rosenblatt, Henry Schwarz, and Duncan Wu; the community of early modern scholars, including Jeff Dolven, Steve Fallon, Tobias Gregory, Matthew Harrison, Jonathan Hope, Jonathan Lamb, David Loewenstein, Joe Loewenstein , Tom Luxon, Lynne Magnusson, Jeff Miller, Martin Mueller, Gerard Passanante, Gail Paster, Joanna Picciotto, John Rogers, Nigel Smith, Paul Stevens, Chris Warren, and Michael Witmore; the digital humanists Richard So, Ted Underwood, and Scott Weingart; and gradu­ate school friends and mentors Edward Baring, Angus Burgin, Steph Burt, Stephen Greenblatt, Steve Hequembourg, Jacob Jost, Barbara Lewalski, Julie Orlemanski, Leah Price, and Gordon Teskey. Matthew McAdam, of Johns Hopkins University Press, helped to shape the book at an early stage, and the external reviewers for the press offered constructive advice, almost all of which I gladly accepted. Joanne Allen, my copy editor, showed exemplary patience and saved me from more pratfalls than I care to admit. I am indebted to Acknowl­edgments Acknowl­edgments xxii Aaron Winslow for his work on preparing the index. I express especial gratitude to Carolyn for fit conversation; she always seems to listen, ask, probe, suggest, and encourage in just the right proportions. Institutions as well as individuals aided the writing of this book. An American Council of Learned Socie­ ties Fellowship, a joint Folger Shakespeare Library and Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, a Georgetown Ju­ nior Faculty Fellowship, and smaller research grants from Georgetown University and Grinnell College together gave me sufficient time to write. The Folger Shakespeare Library’s Early Modern Digital Agendas Seminar in 2013, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, introduced me to essential tools, techniques, and interlocutors. I have benefited from the opportunity to share parts of the argument in seminars at the Universities of Chicago, Mary­land, ­Virginia, and Washington; at the Folger Shakespeare and Newberry Libraries; at Car­ ne­ gie Mellon, Dartmouth, DePaul, Drew, Harvard, Ludwig Maximilians, Prince­ ton, Rutgers, and Yale Universities. Versions of some chapters have been published in other venues, and I am grateful to be able to share them ­ here. Most of chapter 3 appeared in Modern Philology 113.3 (2016): 398–421, © 2016 The University of Chicago; an earlier version of chapter 5 appeared in Critical Inquiry 37 (Autumn 2010), © 2010 The University of Chicago; a longer version of chapter 7 first appeared in Shakespeare Quarterly 66.2 (Summer 2015): 113–36, © 2105 The Folger Shakespeare Library. This book relies on digital archives that are the product of the combined­ labor—­ much of it unrecognized, painstaking, and poorly remunerated— of a huge number of librarians, archivists, bibliographic photog­ raphers, typists, transcriptionists, gradu­ ate student assistants, and technicians. I dedicate the book to them. ...


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