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Preface IT IS WITH CONSIDERABLE pride that we present here the first of what we fondly hope will be a long series of Publications of the Goethe Society of North America. The Goethe Yearbook is meant both to offer a distinguished outlet for the best of North American Goethe scholarship, and, by its very existence, to encourage serious Goethe studies in North America. It is especially to be hoped that the Goethe Yearbook will come to be viewed as a natural home for Goethe and Goethe Period studies written in English, although the Yearbook will continue to be open to submissions in German as well. Beginning with the second volume, the Yearbook will also contain a review section edited by Hans R. Vaget of Smith College, in which recent Goethe books will be evaluated at length, and we intend to continue the bibliography of North American Goethe dissertations begun in this volume. I wish to thank all those who have helped in the initial stages of the Society's existence, the founding mothers, fathers, aunts and uncles, especially Ehrhard Bahr, Victor Lange, Meredith Lee, Christoph Schweitzer, and Hans R. Vaget; the members of the Yearbook's Editorial and Advisory Board who have helped evaluate the papers presented here; the many supporters of the fledgling Society who were willing to donate money and pay dues even before the Society was incorporated; and last but most certainly not least, the authors who were willing to submit manuscripts for our consideration and commit them to us even before there was any certainty that we could find a publisher for the volume. We are thankful to James N. Hardin and Günther J. Holst for their assistance, guidance, and advice in negotiating a contract and seeing the first Yearbook through VlIl the press, and to Vice Chancellor William J. Lillyman and the UC Irvine Focused Research Program on Goethe for significant support. The Lessing Society offered us a model and inspiration, and especially Edward P. Harris was liberal with good advice. Soon after the first letters went out to colleagues in North America soliciting their support for establishing a Goethe Society, I inserted an ad in The New Republic, seeking a California attorney, preferably acquainted with Goethe, Faust, Margarete, Mephisto or other Goethean creatures, to carry out a labor of love for no compensation other than perpetual recognition . Mr. Timothy Lundell, of Campbell, California, wrote to inquire about this enigmatic ad and agreed to donate his services to get the Goethe Society of North America incorporated in the State of California as a nonprofit , tax-exempt organization. I am sure he let himself in for much more than he expected at the beginning, but thanks to his efforts and those of Meredith Lee, the Society's Secretary-Treasurer, the Society has been incorporated and has received tax-exempt status both from the Internal Revenue Service and from the State of California. Presumably, since books, at least those that are any good, will survive in one form or other as long as human beings value cultural achievement, our gratitude to Mr. Lundell will in fact be noted in perpetuity. Thomas P. Saine ...


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