A work such as this depends on the assistance of a multitude of individuals who patiently answered requests for information, recommended works for inclusion, or offered advice and other assistance. In particular, I want to thank the following for their help with the original edition of this Guide: Jessica Wade and Mary Jo Smith tended a recalcitrant printer as it cranked out draft after draft of the manuscript. The staffs of libraries at Bowling Green State University, the University of Michigan, Indiana University, the University of Toledo, the University of Illinois at Urbana, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, and the University of Toronto were invariably helpful. Kausalya Padmaraj and Catherine Sandy of the interlibrary loan office at Bowling Green were typically efficient in securing copies of elusive works. My former colleagues Lester Barber, Thomas Wymer, and Thomas Klein generously allocated a portion of their NEH grant to defray some of my travel costs. The Bowling Green State University Faculty Research Committee granted me an uninterrupted semester for editing the manuscript, and the English department at Texas A&M allowed me a course reduction so that I could make final revisions. Walter Achtert, a model editor, provided sound guidance on a host of problems, and Susan Joseph, my copyeditor, gave careful attention to my manuscript. In my work on the second edition, I benefited from the assistance of librarians at the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University. At the latter, the interlibrary services staff were remarkably efficient and inventive in securing works that are rarely loaned by libraries. Once again, I enjoyed the opportunity of profiting from the editorial skills and advice of Joe Gibaldi, Judith Altreuter, Elizabeth Holland, and David Cloyce Smith in the MLA’s publications division and editorial office. And Karla Reganold’s blue pencil prevented a number of errors.
In preparing the third edition, I was fortunate to have the assistance of librarians at the Library of Congress (where Abby Yochelson’s expert guidance saved me many hours), the University of Texas at Austin, and Texas A&M University. At the last, the incomparable interlibrary services office made it possible for me to examine a number of elusive works. And, as in the previous editions, I derived considerable pleasure from working with Judith Altreuter, David Cloyce Smith, Paul Banks, and James Poniewozik of the MLA staff.
Preparation of the fourth edition was made considerably easier by a Texas A&M University faculty development leave and the bursary from the Samuel Rhea Gammon Professorship in Liberal Arts. As in earlier editions, I enjoyed the assistance of librarians at several research libraries, especially Texas A&M University (with its incomparable interlibrary loan staff), the University of Texas at Austin, Rice University, Indiana University, and the Library of Congress (where once again I benefited from Abby Yochelson’s expertise). Once again, I benefited from the expertise of Judith Altreuter, Paul Banks, Elizabeth Holland, and Angela Gibson of the MLA staff.
As with the fourth edition, my work on the current one was facilitated by a faculty development leave from Texas A&M University and the bursary from the Samuel Rhea Gammon Professorship in Liberal Arts. The bursary was especially important to supporting my work in research libraries: Harvard University (where Helene Williams expedited my work), the University of Texas at Austin, Rice University, Indiana University, the University of Illinois at Urbana, the University of Toronto, the Library of Congress (where I have come to rely on Abby Yochelson’s expertise), and Texas A&M University (where for eighteen years I have been the beneficiary of an incomparable interlibrary loan staff). As in the previous editions, I profited from the advice and editorial skills of the MLA staff, especially Judith Altreuter and Sara Pastel.
Darinda Harner and Lenée Harner Pennington, who have reconciled themselves to sharing their lives with a bibliographer, made valued contributions to all five editions. My greatest debt, however, is to those who read portions of the manuscript of the first edition and generously responded with encouragement and valuable suggestions: Richard D. Altick, Carl T. Berkhout, Florence S. Boos, Jerome S. Dees, Donald C. Dickinson, John H. Fisher, Willard Fox, Hal W. Hall, Robert D. Hume, Nancy M. Ide, W. J. Keith, Paul J. Klemp, Raoul Kulberg, Alan Lawson, Virginia Leland, J. A. Leo Lemay, Michael Marcuse, Jack W. Marken, Harrison T. Meserole, Eric L. Montenyohl, David J. Nordloh, Robert M. Philmus, Frances Povsic, Fred C. Robinson, Harris Ross, Brownell Salomon, Patrick Scott, Jack Stillinger, G. Thomas Tanselle, Mary Helen Thuente, Marshall B. Tymn, Rosemary T. VanArsdel, Ulrich Weisstein, and Joe Weixlmann. (Of these, both Harry Meserole and Skip Fox deserve a special note of thanks, for they read, in various stages, the entire manuscript of the first edition.)
In revising the original edition, I again profited from the advice of many of the same people (Richard D. Altick, Willard Fox, Hal W. Hall, Robert D. Hume, Paul J. Klemp, Harrison T. Meserole, Harris Ross, and Rosemary T. VanArsdel) as well as of the following: Richard R. Centing, John Goldfinch, Maura Ives, Craig Kallendorf, Susan Koppelman, Steven E. Smith, William Proctor Williams, and George T. Worth. In preparing the third edition, I drew on the advice of Sandra Donaldson, Hal W. Hall, Gerard Lowe, and Herman Saatkamp. And, in my revisions for the fourth edition, I called again on Robert D. Hume and Alan Lawson, as well as some new scholars: Wendi Arant-Kaspar and Robert Clarke. In preparing this edition, I have drawn on conversations with or presentations by members of the Literatures in English Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries—especially Helene Williams, Rob Melton, Marcia Pankake, Madeline Copp, Kathleen Kluegel, Lindsey Schell, Abby Yochelson, and Steven Harris. In addition, extended conversations with Martha Brogan sharpened my thoughts on several electronic resources.
Much of the design of the first publication of the electronic format was done by Judith Altreuter, David Hodges, and Chris Zarate.
Their good work let me concentrate on revisions. That I benefited from the advice of these people is an understatement, but they must not be held accountable, individually or collectively, for the selection or evaluation of works or for any errors; the responsibility for these—especially the errors—is mine alone.