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date: 24 July 2019

(p. xiii) Acknowledgments

(p. xiii) Acknowledgments

This book has had a long and intensely emotionally painful gestation. It is the brainchild of our dear friend and fellow editor, Kate Bosher, who tirelessly worked on the text right until the end of her tragically short life in March 2013. It was Kate’s inspiration and perspicacity that led to her obtaining a Mellon-Sawyer grant at Northwestern University in 2008 to work on the reception of ancient drama in America and the “Classicizing Chicago” project, in particular. Kate organized a seminar series and three international conferences during 2008–10, from which the present volume ultimately stemmed. On account of her own Canadian perspective, and with the increasing scholarly focus on Greek drama in Latin America, it became apparent to all the editors that a volume encompassing the Americas as a whole was most timely. We are very grateful to Hilary O’Shea at Oxford University Press for her encouragement and support of our decision to widen the volume’s focus. As the project has grown we are fully aware that the material has become richer and the further perspectives afforded during the course of the process have become more incisive and pertinent to the new debates within classical reception and theater and performance studies.

On Kate’s behalf, we warmly thank all of those who attended the seminars and conferences at Northwestern and especially the speakers, many of whose papers appear in this volume. Those from whom we commissioned new pieces have shown enormous good will and unfailing good humor. We are most grateful to the Jowett Trustees at the University of Oxford for financial assistance toward the picture costs. To our copyeditor at Oxford University Press, Jackie Pritchard, and to our indexer, Jane Horton, we remain indebted for their insightful comments and unfailing precision. We wish to thank the following in particular for their help and support in various ways: Sara Monoson, Edith Hall, Naomi Setchell, Tom Wrobel, and Claire Kenward. Finally, the volume is dedicated to the memory of Kate, but it is her husband, Dale, and her son, Ernest, who will receive the first copy and who have remained very prominently in our thoughts throughout the final stages of the editorial process. This book is for them. (p. xiv)