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The editor of a collaborative project does not have far to seek for
people to thank on the acknowledgments page. The other ten con-
tributors to this collection have my most profound gratitude-especially
Peter McCullough, whose antic e-mail correspondence made this work
almost fun. Although their names don't appear in the table of contents,
the following scholars offered help, advice, support, information, and
intellectual energy, without which Dissing Elizabeth would never have
come into existence: Pippa Berry, Susan Frye, Carol Thomas Neely, and
Mary Beth Rose. The advice of my Geneseo colleagues, Laura Doan and
Mary Ellen Zuckerman, was both shrewdly and patiently offered through-
out the press-choosing phase of the project; Marie Henry offered heroic
help in copyediting. At Duke, the constant support of Miriam Angress has
been beyond praise, while the primary reader of the collection, Anne Lake
Prescott, provided us with enormous(ly) kind criticism and helpful sug-
gestions; her terrifyingly encyclopedic knowledge of all aspects of the
Western canon was equalled only by her witty generosity.
Dedicating this collection to the memory of Crosby Hall seems an ap-
propriate acknowledgment in a collaborative work on a powerful woman.
Once the home of Richard III and then of Thomas More, Crosby Hall was
owned from 1926 until 1992 by the British Federation of University
Women. In this metamorphosis it sheltered and nourished many gifted,
ambitious, and funny women as they pursued their varied scholarly inter-
ests in London libraries, archives, museums, and postgraduate programs.
To walk around the corner of Beaufort Street and see the sweep of the
Thames from Battersea Bridge down to the confection of the Albert
turn through the iron gate off of Cheyne Walk, passing by the
sentinel hollyhocks, under the flowering trees, across the shady turf, was
feel "home free" after a day spent sweltering in the North Library.
During dinner in More's great hall, beneath the portraits of Winifred
Cullin, Virginia Guildersleeve, and Caroline Spurgeon, we fed each other
with the daily successes and setbacks in projects as varied as Pepys's
letters, pre-Hellenic clay tablets, eye surgery, landscape gardening, and
the tombs of Elizabeth
Then, over weak coffee or fierce tea, we could
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