Paul Hollander, Anthony O’Hear, Krisanna Scheiter, and George Sher read and commented on papers that have eventually become chapters of this book. I gratefully acknowledge their help and thank them for it.
I am particularly grateful to one of the readers commissioned by the press. He or she offered exceptionally helpful criticisms and suggestions about my discussion of boredom. I very much appreciate the sympathy and deep understanding of my aims shown by this reader’s report. I wish I could acknowledge by name the help he or she gave me. Alas, the anonymity of the reviewing process prevents me from doing so.
This is the second book of mine that has been seen through from submission to publication by my editor, Elizabeth Branch Dyson. There may be an editor somewhere more helpful and receptive to the sort of work I do than she is, but I doubt it. It gives me great pleasure to thank her for all that she has done toward transforming the typescript into a book.
I dedicate the book to my wife with gratitude and love for all her help and for our long marriage.