HAROLD B L O O M is Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University and Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Professor of English at the New York University Graduate School. He is a 1985 MacArthur Foundation Award recipient, served as the Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University (1987-88), and is the author of nineteen books, the most recent being The Book of J (1990). Currently he is editing the Chelsea House series Modern Critical Views and The Critical Cosmos, and other Chelsea House series in literary criticism.

G E O R G E D E F. L O R D is a former Professor of English at Yale University. Among his many books are Homeric Renaissance: The Odyssey of George Chapman ( 1956), Heroic Mockery: Variations on Epic Themes from Homer to Joyce (1977), Trials of the Self: Heroic Ideals in the Epic Tradition (1983), and Classical Presences in Seventeenth-Century English Poetry ( 1987).

G. E. D I M O C K , J R. is Professor Emeritus of Classical Languages and Literatures at Smith College. He is the author of The Unity of the Odyssey (1989), has translated Euripides' Iphigeneia at Aulis ( 1978; with W. S. Merwin), and has written articles on Homer, Aeschylus, Euripides, and Vergil.

H U G H K E N N E R, one of the most distinguished critics of our time, is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University. Among his many works are Flaubert, Joyce and Beckett: The Stoic Comedians ( 1962), The Pound Era ( 1971), A Colder Eye: The Modern Irish Writers (1983), The Mechanic Muse ( 1987), and A Sinking Island: The Modern English Writers (1988). He has also written books on G. K. Chesterton, James Joyce, and T. S. Eliot.

G E O R G E S C O U F F A S, Professor of English at the University of Illinois, has also written on J. F. Powers.

W. R. E L T O N, Professor of English at the City University of New York Graduate School, is the author of King Lear and the Gods ( 1966) and Shakespeare's World: Renaissance Intellectual Contexts (1979; with Giselle Schlesinger).

R. F. S T O R C H is a Associate Professor Emeritus of English at Tufts University. He has written articles on Coleridge and Romantic poetry.

M I C H A E B E A U S A N G teaches at the Sorbonne and has written articles on Samuel Beckett, Andrey Sinyavsky, and Finnegans Wake.

J O H N F R E C C E R O is Rosina Pierotti Professor of French and Italian at Stanford University. He is the author of Dante: The Poetics of Conversion ( 1986) and editor of Dante: A Collection of Critical Essays (1965).

M A R T H A N U S S B A U M is Professor of Philosophy and Classics at Brown University. She has compiled an edition with commentary of Aristotle's De Motu Animalium ( 1978) and has written The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy (1986), and has edited G. E. L. Owen's Logic, Science, and Dialectic: Collected Papers in Greek Philosophy (1986).


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