The first goal of this introduction is to lay out the underlying assumptions that guided my interpretation of the events that occurred at Lake Eden in August 1929. It is always hazardous to try to deduce the motivations of people who are no longer here to speak for themselves, so I leave it to readers to decide whether they agree with my conclusions.
Secondly, I hope to clarify for interested readers just how it happened that the full story of Lorca’s visit to Vermont remained untold for so many years. To this end, I present in some detail the evidence that suggests that key facts about the Vermont interlude were deliberately withheld for decades. This is followed by an account of the men and women whose curiosity and persistence led to the gradual unveiling of the Vermont story from 1955 onward. Their work paved the way for my own.
The introduction ends with a list of seven secrets that influenced the actions of various key players who were present at Lake Eden in August 1929. Some of these secrets have been public knowledge for years and others emerged from my own research, but all are important for understanding what happened in Eden and how it influenced Lorca and his work. That story will be told in the forthcoming chapters of my book.