Many thanks to my
colleagues at Lawrence University: to Herb Tjossem, Professor Emeritus of
English, for reading my essays and offering valuable advice; to Bert Goldgar,
Professor of English, for the tip on Fielding's debt to De Officiis;
to Mary Ann Rossi of Classics for letting me see her thesis on Euripedes
and Stoicism and for her translation of Erasmus on De Officiis;
to Bill Boardman, Professor of Philosophy, for help with ethical questions
and recommending De Officiis on his web site; to Dan Taylor, Professor
of Classics, for explaining the ancients to me and helping me with Greek
and Latin; to Carol Lawton and Jere Wickens of the Art and Classics Departments
for the pictures of Seneca and Cicero and for advice on their subjects
of specialization; to Peter Gilbert, Director of Technical Instruction;
and to Steve Hirby, Department of Development, Chairman of the Lawrence
Web Site Committee, for advice and help in getting started on the web.
Many thanks also to
the following Shakespeare scholars for reading my essays on this topic
in MS or offprint and giving me valuable criticism: to Maynard Mack of
Yale, to Richard Levin of the State University of New York at Stony Brook,
to Alvin Kernan of Princeton, to David Bevington of Chicago, to Alexander
Leggatt of Toronto, to Catherine Belsey of Cardiff, to Joan Ozark Holmer
of Georgetown, and to Edward Pechter of Concordia in Canada.
My thanks also go
to users of this site who have taken the time and trouble to alert me to
errors in the texts: to Nancy Charlton, Portland, Oregon, who did a professional
copyreader's job on my error-prone prose, sending me nineteen pages of
corrections and suggestions; and to Ed Brandon, University of the West
Indies, who has alerted me to typos and omissions in the text of De
Officiis, Book I. For the tip on Montaigne's appellation as the "French
Seneca" I am indebted to Professor Hugh Grady, academic address unknown.
Many thanks to Richard
Bear of the University of Oregon, for creating his most useful HTML archive,
Renaissance Texts, from which I have gratefully extracted Spenser's Faerie
Queene for this web site; and to Professor Andrew Dyck of the University
of California, who very kindly translated for me Latin comments by Erasmus
and Melancthon on De Officiis appearing in the comprehensive introduction
to his fine edition of that great book.
Special thanks to
Martin Stanford, Editorial Consultant, who subjected my text to rigorous
scrutiny and much improved its quality.
And to web wizard
Gregg Frank, the value of whose contributions
to this web site far exceeds his compensation.
Thanks to the web
site of Erasmus University Rotterdam, for the picture of that city's most
And finally never
enough thanks to one who doesn't want to be named but she knows who she
is and so do I.