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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: The Critical Edition. 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. 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 Johns Hopkins University Press to support the critical edition of this multivolume 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, Gregory Britton, Becky Clark, Kim Johnson, Matt McAdam, Julie McCarthy, Wendy Queen, Martha Sewall, Claire McCabe Tamberino, and the director of Project Muse, Dean Smith. 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 .AliceHickcox,supervisoroftheCenter,hasoverseentheconstruction of the database, trained staff and students, supervised the encoding, and given professional presentations on its implementation. She and staff member Sara Palmer were extraordinarily helpful and patient with the editors as the project moved through its various incarnations, and Sumita Chakraborty assisted greatly with final encoding. Dean Robert A. Paul of Emory College and Deans Rick Rubinson 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, and Jae Turner. 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 project: Ryan Plocher, Lisa Sweat, Ali Madani, Wesley Pickard, Shalini Ramachandran, Elizabeth Peele, and Mary Fernandez, Fiona O’Carroll, and Anastassia Goidina. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS lii ] Through the Institute of English Studies, University of London, 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, under the direction of Professor Warwick Gould, has further provided an editorial office and technical support for all membersoftheeditorialteam ,whichhasbenefitedfromtheassistanceofinterim director Wim Van Mierlo, Zoe Holman, Jon Middleton, and Christopher Adams of the Institute staff. The editors are grateful to Stephen Page and Matthew Hollis of Faber and Faber for their support of this critical edition, and to archivist Robert Brown for providing access to and assistance with archival materials. 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 especially grateful to our co-editors of preceding and succeeding volumes, Jewel Spears Brooker, Eckerd College; Anthony Cuda, University ofNorthCarolina,Greensboro;DavidChinitz,LoyolaUniversityChicago; Jason Harding, Durham University; and Iman Javadi, who is also foreignlanguage advisor for all volumes, for their careful reading and advice. Other members of the greater Editorial Project were also helpful: John Haffenden, Institute of English Studies; Sir Christopher Ricks, Editorial Institute, Boston University; Jim McCue, Institute of English Studies. This volume has benefited immeasurably from the expertise and generous attention of modernist scholar and editor Timothy Materer of the University of Missouri, who has read and commented upon virtually every essay. The editors are grateful for his close reading and encyclopedic knowledge of English literature, without which many of Eliot’s allusions and echoes would otherwise have gone unheard. Research support for the edition has been provided by fellowships and scholarships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation; the Beinecke Library, Yale University; the Houghton Library, Harvard University; the Editorial Institute, Boston University; the Centre for the History of the Book, University of Edinburgh; the Research Council of the University of Missouri; and Emory University. We are grateful to the following librarians and libraries for assistance and permissions: Patricia J. Albright, Mount Holyoke College; John F. Anderies, Haverford College; Matthew Bailey, National Portrait Gallery, [ liii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS London; Anne K. Barker, University of Missouri Libraries; Heather Cole, Susan Halpert, Leslie A. Morris and William Stoneman, Houghton Library, Harvard University; Rachel Bowles, BBC Written Archives Centre, Caversham; Robin Carlow, Harvard University Archives; Dolores Colon, Beinecke Library, Yale...


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