HAROLD BLOOM, Sterling Professor of the Humanities at Yale University, is the author of The Anxiety of Influence, Poetry and Repression and many other volumes of literary criticism. His forthcoming study, Freud: Transference and Authority, attempts a full-scale reading of all of Freud's major writings. He is the general editor of The Chelsea House Library of Literary Criticism.
GORE VIDAL, distinguished novelist and social critic, is best known for his major historical novels, Julian, Burr and Lincoln, and for Myra Breckinridge.
RICHARD FOSTER is Professor of English at Macalester College, and the author of The New Romantics, a study of the American New Critics.
JACK RICHARDSON is a playwright and freelance critic.
TONY TANNER is a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge.His books include critical studies of Conrad, Bellow and Pynchon.
ROBERT LANGBAUM is Cabell Professor of the Humanities at the University of Virginia.He is the author of The Modern Spirit and The Poetry of Experience.
GERMAINE GREER is best known as the author of The Female Eunuch.
JOYCE CAROL OATES— novelist, story-writer, poet and critic—is the author of many books, including Them, Expensive People, Unholy Loves, A Bloodsmoor Romance and Wonderland.
RICHARD POIRIER is one of the editors of Raritan, and of the Library of America. He is Professor of English at Rutgers University, and his books include studies of Mailer and Robert Frost, as well as A World Elsewhere and The Performing Self.
RANDALL H. WALDRON teaches at Ohio Wesleyan University.
ROBERT MERRILL is Professor of English at the University of Nevada, Reno. His essays include studies of Shakespeare, Melville and Hemingway.
JOHN GARVEY is one of the editors of Commonweal and the author of The Ways We Are Together.