Paul Alpers is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of The Poetry of "The Faerie Queene" ( 1967), The Singer of the Eclogues: A Study of Virgilian Pastoral ( 1979), and the forthcoming What Is Pastoral?
Karl Beckson is Professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, and the author or editor of nine books on such figures of the 1890s as Oscar Wilde, Max Beerbohm, and Arthur Symons. Among his recent publications are Arthur Symons: A Life ( 1987) and London in the 1890s. A Cultural History ( Norton, 1993).
Calvin Bedient, Professor in the English Department, University of California, Los Angeles, is the author of several books, including Eight Contemporary Poets ( 1974), In the Heart's Last Kingdom: Robert Penn Warren's Major Poetry ( 1984), and He Do the Police in Different Voices: The Waste Land and its Protagonist ( 1986). He is completing a book on W. B. Yeats.
Jerome H. Buckley is Gurney Professor Emeritus of English Literature at Harvard University. He is author of a number of nineteenth-century studies, including The Victorian Temper, Tennyson: The Growth of a Poet, Season of Youth: The Triumph of Time, and The Turning Key (concerned with the subjective impulse since 1800 and the influence of Wordsworth).
David Daiches, C.B.E., has taught at universities on both sides of the Atlantic, including Edinburgh, Cambridge, Sussex, Chicago, and Cornell. His latest position ( 1980-1986) was Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at Edinburgh. He holds honorary doctorates from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling, Sussex, Brown, Guelph, the Sorbonne, and Bologna. Among his many books are The Novel and the Modern World, A Critical History of English Literature, Robert Burns, The Paradox of Scottish Culture, and God and the Poets.