The Green Room

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"Here's a marvellous convenient place for our rehearsal."

China's never really been out of my mind since I first went there ten years ago," writes scholar and traveler RUSSELL FRASER about his experiences in China during a trip last year. His recent visit is recounted in his latest travel essay for VQR. Previously, MR. FRASER has written about Sicily (Autumn 1994), Scotland (Spring 1996), France (Summer 1997), Antarctica (Winter 1999) and also, Arabia and Russia. The travel-loving scholar is now completing a book to be called In This Best of Possible Worlds, reporting on these various trips to various parts of the world. MR. FRASER is already the author of 16 previous books, and is. the emeritus Austin Warren Professor of English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan.

MICHAEL DUNNE is professor of American Studies at the University of Sussex. After taking first class honours in "Mods and Greats" at Oxford University (Latin and Greek, Ancient History and Philosophy), he studied Modern History at Berkeley and then moved to Sussex to complete his graduate work. MR. DUNNE has taught at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and he returns frequently to the U.S. to lecture. MR. DUNNE has been a visiting fellow at the Academy of Sciences in Moscow and St. Petersburg; the European Studies Centre at St. Antony's College, Oxford; the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law in Cambridge; and he holds a visiting professorship in the political science department at the University of Bologna. He is presently writing a study of the politics of international law during the 20th century, which will be a sequel to his earlier book, The United States and the World Court. He hopes his next essay for VQR will survey almost 200 years of the Monroe Doctrine, starting from the 1823 Annual Message of the 4th Virginian to be president of the U.S.A.

MARLIN BARTON recently published his first collection of short stories entitled The Dry Well. He is now working on a second collection of which his VQR story will be a part. He is an Alabamian who lives in Montgomery.

ALLAN PASCO is the Hall Professor of 19th-- Century Literature at the University of Kansas, his specialty being French literature. He is the author of Sick Heroes: French Society and Literature in the Romantic Age, 1750-1850 (Exeter 1997). His VQR essay "On Making Mirages" will be part of a book he is currently completing entitled Revolutionary Love, 1750-1800.

WISLAWA SZYMBORSKA has published nine volumes of poetry over the past five decades. She received the Goethe Award in 1991, the Herder Award in 1995, and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996. Except for brief forays into the Tatra Mountains, she spends most of her time in Krakow, Poland.

JOANNA TRZECIAK, translator for Szymborska, lives in Chicago. Her translations have appeared in such publications as The New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, Paris Review, The New Republic, and Poetry. Miracle Fair, a collection of her translations of Szymborska's poetry, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton.

A resident of Delaware, JULIANNA BAGGOTT is a novelist as well as a poet. Her novel, Girl Talk, was published by Simon and Schuster's Pocket Books in January of this year. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry, The Southern Review, Poetry Northwest, Quarterly West, and Indiana Review. Her manuscript of poems, This Country of Mothers, will be published by Southern Illinois University Press and was a 1999 finalist in Breadloaf's Bakeless Prize of Middlebury College and a 1999 finalist in the Stan and Wick Poetry competition at Kent State University.

RICHARD KATROVAS is a professor of English at the University of New Orleans and founding director of the Prague Seminars. He has published eight books, most recently a memoir, The Republic of BurmaShave (Carnegie-Mellon University Press), and a novel, The Mystic Pig (Small mouth Press). His New and Selected Poems is forthcoming from Carnegie-Mellon. …