This material went from being a small part of a larger project to a book all its own thanks to Jennifer Fay, who encouraged it in germinal form and helped it along with smart readings at each stage in its development. She is a brilliant reader, and a deeply generous scholar. It was my great luck, then, to have feedback on this high order from a series of readers. Justus Nieland, I should note in particular, gave wonderful conceptual responses to the project, and Jon Lewis—whom I have long held to be the best, most innovative Coppola scholar—supported this project, and this gave it instant legitimacy for me. Without his work, I wouldn’t have done mine in this way. I am most grateful, as well, to have worked with the editors at Illinois, who were smart and helpful at each turn. Thanks to Danny Nasset, for seeing me through the project, and to Matt Mitchell, for his superb help in copyediting.
My last three years in the Screen Studies program at Oklahoma State University have provided a collegial setting for my research—good conversation, and kind support—and for this research in particular I received an internal grant from the college, and an external grant from the Oklahoma Humanities Council. This enabled my trips to the Margaret Herrick Library and to the Pacific Film Archive. At the latter, Nancy Goldman was especially helpful in making materials available to me. I am grateful for this assistance that proved so vital in realizing this book. But I want to recognize, too, the stray leads given me by Josh Glick and by my research assistants, Clayton Dillard and Jacob Floyd. I thank Francis Ford Coppola most emphatically for granting me an interview.
Finally, I owe the most unpayable debt to my inner circle. To Anne Kuhbander, there are not enough thanks. She understands the gravity of work, and the levity of non-work. Our sons, Owen and Max, make (p.x) everything take longer, and because I think life should be longer, they seem helpful. I dedicate this book to Melvin Kuhbander, who believed in other people, and I am forever grateful that he believed in me. We talked about this book at its inception; I’m sure he’d be thrilled that it’s been accomplished.