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A Note from the Editors This issue marks a point of transition for Mississippi Quarterly. It is the last one fully composed of articles accepted on the watch of Noel Polk, our dear friend and colleague and the editor of this journal for over eight years. We have felt Noel’s loss deeply over the past several months while carrying on with the work that he cherished and performed with remarkable distinction. The sense of loss frequently comes with found traces of Noel’s presence. Opening a file on a submission reveals the editor’s gracious correspondence with an author, his constructive criticism and words of praise in the margins of a draft, and editing marks that evince his crusade against the passive voice. In such moments, to add a Faulknerian gloss, there he is even as he is not. In that we can find some measure of comfort. In the future, we will pay proper tribute to Noel Polk in the pages of Mississippi Quarterly. For now, we must take this opportunity to thank the authors who waited patiently to hear about the status of their submissions as we worked to clear up a sizable backlog and to restore the journal to solid footing. Also, many thanks to the reviewers who answered when we called—and, in some cases, called again. We are grateful for their willingness to help out in a time of need and for the many expressions of sympathy that accompanied replies to our requests for readers. Support from administrators at Mississippi State University was vital to our efforts to keep the journal running. We want to acknowledge the following people for their support: Greg Dunaway, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Rich Raymond, head of the Department of English; Gary Myers, former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and Kelly Marsh, acting head of the Department of English during the spring and summer of 2012. Ted Atkinson and Robert West Laura West Interim Co-Editors Managing Editor ...


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