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date: 28 March 2020

(p. vii) Acknowledgements

(p. vii) Acknowledgements

My first thanks go to Jacqueline Baker for inviting me to edit this Handbook and for showing the loyalty and patience she has always shown me during its long duration. Second, I must thank the OUP editorial teams in Oxford and New York—principally, Rachel Platt, Molly Davis, Eleanor Collins, and Lauren Konopko—as well as the copy-editors at Newgen for doing an exemplary job in preparing the essays for publication. I would also like to thank all the contributors: bringing the book to fruition has been a much longer haul than any of us originally envisaged and those who submitted their work on time have shown quite outstanding levels of tolerance which exemplify the collegiality of today’s Victorian studies. For this, I am extremely grateful. Academically, I owe most thanks to my trusty readers, Matthew Bradley, Alice Jenkins, and Ruth Livesey, as well as to Helen Maslen, for expert research assistance and to Helena Goodwyn for her meticulous editing. During the gestation of the Handbook, I moved institutions and geographical areas from the University of Liverpool to Royal Holloway, University of London, and I owe thanks to colleagues and friends in both places and elsewhere for professional and personal support of various kinds as I attempted to manage a big project, a big move, and indeed a big family: Tim Armstrong, Paul Baines, Dinah Birch, James Cutler, Andrew Derrington, Kelvin Everest, Hilary Fraser, Holly Furneaux, Regenia Gagnier, Sophie Gilmartin, Robert Hampson, Ann Heilmann, Nicki Hitchcott, Avril Horner, Stephen James, Jackie John, Rebecca John, Carol Jones, Kim Edwards Keates, Norbert Lennartz, Mark Llewellyn, Gail Marshall, Frank Maslen, Bob Patten, Dominic Rainsford, Kiernan Ryan, Julia Thomas, Vera Tolz, Pierre Wassenaar, and Cathy Waters. And thank you to my family—Calum, Iona, Hamish, and Seren—as always for making me keep work in perspective and for moving, with all that the move has entailed. (p. viii)