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Antebellum at SeaMaritime Fantasies in Nineteenth-Century America$

Jason Berger

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677061

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677061.001.0001

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(p.ix) Acknowledgments

(p.ix) Acknowledgments

Antebellum at Sea
University of Minnesota Press

THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE who have made this book possible. If not debts, I have indeed accrued benefits from interactions at various stages of composition. My earliest conceptions of the project were formed while I was a graduate student at the University of Vermont, and I am, on many levels, grateful to the English Department faculty there. At the University of Connecticut, Jerry Phillips and Wayne Franklin were instrumental in every phase of the book’s development. I want to thank them here for their critical insight and professional guidance as well as for giving me the latitude to pursue a vision that entailed pushing, however slightly, certain methodological conventions. Robert Tilton provided valuable commentary and support throughout. In addition, Sharon Harris and Mary K. Bercaw Edwards offered thoughtful suggestions that undoubtedly improved the book. I would also like to thank my current colleagues at the University of South Dakota. In particular, Emily Haddad, John Dudley, Skip Willman, Ron Ganze, and Darlene Farabee volunteered to read portions of the manuscript and helped move the final revisions toward completion. Commentary from anonymous readers for the University of Minnesota Press was invaluable in helping to shape the finished project. And I am grateful to Richard Morrison for his early interest in and consistent support for the book.

This would have been a very different book had it not been for the camaraderie of D. Michael Jones and Stephen Lucasi, two fellow Bostonian travelers. If Emerson’s rather pragmatic notion of friendship is correct, that a friend’s “office is closing” when he or she has fully “become an object of thought,” then I am sorry to say that I shall be seeking your company and conversation for some time to come. Well before I pursued an academic path, my parents provided me with an incredibly loving and supportive home. To them, and to my brother and sister, I am (p.x) forever grateful. And if there is a center to the person I have become, it is continually forged through the space and time I am lucky enough to share with Sarah Ehlers. She is the catalyst and not-so-silent partner in so much of this.