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What’s the Difference? Preface, Prologue, Introduction, and Foreword

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Aug 23, 2021 • 2 min read

A preface, prologue, and foreword are all a part of a book’s front matter, the introductory pages of a book before the main text—often numbered with Roman numerals—that include the title page and table of contents. The introduction also comes before the first chapter, though it is not considered part of the front matter. Despite their close proximity, prefaces, prologues, forewords, and introductions serve very different purposes.