HAROLD BLOOM 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 the author of over 20 books, including The Anxiety of Influence ( 1973), which sets forth Professor Bloom's provocative theory of the literary relationships between the great writers and their predecessors. His most recent book, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human ( 1998), was a finalist for the 1998 National Book Award. Professor Bloom is a 1985 MacArthur Foundation Award recipient, served as the Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University in 1987-88, and has received honorary degrees from the universities of Rome and Bologna. In 1999, Professor Bloom received the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Criticism.
ARTHUR HEISERMAN ( 1929-1975) was Professor of English at the University of Chicago. He is the author of Skelton and Satire ( 1961) and The Novel before the Novel: Essays and Discussions about the Beginnings of Prose Fiction in the West ( 1977).
JAMES E. MILLER JR. is former Professor of English at the University of Chicago. He is the author of many books of criticism, including Start with the Sun: Studies in Cosmic Poetry ( 1960), Quests Surd and Absurd ( 1967), and The American Quest for a Supreme Fiction ( 1979). He has also published critical studies of Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, T. S. Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and J. D. Salinger, and edited numerous volumes.