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foreword, preface

A foreword is an introduction to a book, usually written by someone other than the author. It is spelled foreword, not forward, foreward or forword.

  • It was a great honour to have Michael Ondaatje write the foreword to my latest book.

A preface is an introduction to a book, usually written by the author.

  • The professor encouraged her students to read the author’s preface before reading the novel.