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date: 09 December 2019

(p. vi) (p. vii) Acknowledgements

(p. vi) (p. vii) Acknowledgements

The editors accord thanks to a number of persons who have assisted in varying capacities. First, thanks to the Handbook's board of advisors, Peter Beal, Heather Dubrow, Michael Questier, and Annabel Patterson, with special thanks to Heather and Annabel for stepping in to help at some crucial moments.

At many critical points during this process, the editors have been able to draw on the advice and expertise of colleagues in the John Donne Society, here thanking Dayton Haskin, Gary A. Stringer, and Heather Dubrow in particular for their commitment to Donne studies, for their collaborative spirit, and for their generosity.

Individual thanks also to the following institutions and persons who have helped in the preparation of this book:

Jeanne Shami thanks her co-editors, M. Thomas Hester and Dennis Flynn, and her assistant, Anne James, for their efforts to bring this project to completion. They have contributed immeasurably to the quality of the volume, and have rescued her from many errors and infelicities. She would also like to thank the University of Regina for continuing to support her research, and in particular for a grant from the President's Fund in the project's last stages. To the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada also, for funding her research including this project, she is grateful for ongoing assistance. Thanks also to Annabel Patterson, who at an important moment offered sharp, intelligent, and practical advice with candour, generosity, and patience; and to Katrin Ettenhuber, for allowing access to her forthcoming research on Donne and Augustine. Finally, she would like to thank her husband Ken Mitchell for his love and patient support, and her children Andrew and Julia for their good humour and encouragement.

M. Thomas Hester thanks his co-editors Jeanne Shami and Dennis Flynn for their patience and help in a difficult time. Thanks also to Heather Dubrow for stepping in to make her valuable contribution; to Annabel Patterson for her reflections and advice; and to Gene Melton for his expertise and helpfulness. Finally, he thanks his daughter Claire for her companionship and love.

Dennis Flynn thanks his co-editors Jeanne Shami and M. Thomas Hester for their patience and inspiration at various crucial moments throughout the project from its inception, especially Jeanne for her outstanding leadership. To Bentley University, (p. viii) especially former Dean of Arts and Sciences Catherine Davy; former English Department Chairperson Maureen Goldman; and English Department Chairperson Wiley C. Davi, thanks for their confidence, constancy, and sustentation. And to Judith Kamber, Mara Flynn (with Mae Belle, Max, John, and Lina), Anna Flynn (with Aurora), and Molly Flynn: thanks for their forbearance and their deeply reciprocated love.

Finally, all three editors would like to accord special thanks to Anne James, a graduate student at the University of Alberta, for her contributions to this project. They cannot be summarized under ‘research assistance’ because they have involved a level of commitment, expertise, judgement, and good sense incommensurate with that designation. Based in Regina, SK, Anne was an invaluable resource to Jeanne Shami, both personally and professionally, offering encouraging and sensible advice; accomplishing assigned tasks cheerfully, competently, and expeditiously; and taking on increasing responsibilities as the project approached its conclusion. We are grateful for her collaborative spirit.