On Acknowledgments

While thinking a bit about the relationship between friendship and our reading media last year, I began to wonder about the history of acknowledgments as a formal element of the modern book’s paratext. That inquiry produced a short essay that Inside Higher Ed was kind enough to publish in March as “The Cat in the Acknowledgments Page.” While looking into these matters, I happened upon a curious seventeenth-century book with a wonderfully sprawling title: THESAURO-PHULAKION [in Greek]: Or, a Treasury of Divine Raptures ; Consisting of Serious Observations, Pious Ejaculations,…