John Lloyd Stephens Creates the Maya
Unlike John Lloyd Stephens, I did not return from Central America, lock myself away for several months, and emerge with a completed book manuscript. My own research and writing process was messier, depended on many more hands, and took years. I wish to thank Chatham University for granting me a sabbatical in 2006 to focus on Stephens and the nineteenth-century popular imagination. I owe a special debt to the late Dorothy A. Pontious, Class of 1935, who established the Charles and Ida Pontious Distinguished Professorship in 2006, which has provided the research funds to allow me to retrace Stephens’ journeys to sites in Honduras, Guatemala, Belize, Mexico and the Yucatan. Rachel Rohrbaugh, Archivist at Chatham University, has supported my work in countless ways, from facilitating access to pristine first editions of Stephens and Catherwood in Chatham’s Snowdon Collection to making exquisite digitized images from these texts for Ruins, Revolution, and Manifest Destiny. I am also grateful to Chatham University for permission to use these images housed in the Snowdon Mesoamerican Collection, Special Collections, Jennie King Mellon Library, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pa. I also want to thank the editors of the following publications for permission to reprint in revised form material from their pages: an early version of part of Chapter I first appeared in an essay in Travel Culture: Essays on What Makes Us Go, edited by Carolyn Traynor Williams (Copyright © 1998 Carol Traynor Williams. Reproduced with permission of Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc. Westport, Ct.) and a section of Chapter...
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