The New Compass: A Critical Review



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Janet Bailey has taught English literature at Rhodes University in South Africa, Badminton School, Bristol, and the University of Alberta. She lives in Gloucestershire, England.


John Baxter is Professor of English at Dalhousie University, where he teaches Renaissance literature. He has written a number of articles on Shakespeare and a book on Shakespeare’s Poetic Styles (1980), and he has co-edited, with Patrick Atherton, Aristotle’s Poetics, by George Whalley (1997). He was one of the editors of The Compass.


Brian Crick teaches at Brock University. He is the author of Love Confounded: Revaluing the Great Tradition, soon to be published by Edgeways Books.


Jane Grogan is currently in the final stages of a PhD on the poetics of Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene at Royal Holloway, University of London.


Warren Hope is the author of Adam’s Thoughts in Winter: A Selection of Poems 1970-2000, published by Greenwich Exchange of London. He is also the biographer of Norman Cameron, the British poet and translator. He lives near Philadelphia.


Walter Martin is the translator of Charles Baudelaire: Complete Poems (Carcanet/Routledge, 1997).


Barrie Mencher is the author of Betrothal (Two Novellas) published by The Brynmill Press. He was a regular contributor to The Human World and The Gadfly, and also contributed to other magazines including The Compass; more recently he has contributed articles on George Borrow and D. H. Lawrence to English Studies (Nijmegen). He taught English in various higher education institutions in Britain, before joining the Brynmill publishing team.


Patricia Menon is the author of Austen, Eliot, Charlotte Bronte and the Mentor-Lover, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2003.


David Middleton is Poet-in-Residence and Alcee Fortier Distinguished Professor at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. His collections of verse include The Burning Fields (LSU Press, 1991), Beyond the Chandeleurs (LSU, 1999), and The Language of the Heart (Louisiana Literature Press Chapbook Series, 2003). His new collection The Habitual Peacefulness of Gruchy: Poems After Pictures by J.-F. Millet (1814-75) is forthcoming from LSU Press in the spring of 2005.


Ian Robinson was a pupil and friend of F. R. Leavis and published a number of Leavis's essays in the periodical The Human World. He spent most of his academic career at University of Wales, Swansea and after early retirement is now series editor for Edgeways Books (which is always on the look-out for intelligent criticism). His principal publications include Chaucer's Prosody, Chaucer and the English Tradition, The Survival of English, The New Grammarians' Funeral, Prayers for the New Babel, The Establishment of Modern English Prose, and The English Prophets. He is currently working on two books, to be called Shakespeare's Rhythmic Descent from Chaucer and The Possibility of the Tragic English Novel.


Timothy Steele’s collections of poems include Sapphics and Uncertainties: Poems 1970-1986 and The Color Wheel. He has also published two books of literary criticism, Missing Measures: Modern Poetry and the Revolt Against Meter and All the Fun’s in How You Say a Thing: An Explanation of Meter and Versification, and is as well the editor of The Poems of J.V. Cunningham. Since 1987, he has served as a professor of English at California State University, Los Angeles.


Claire Squires is a Senior Lecturer in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University, and a member of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies. Her research concentrates on contemporary fiction and publishing. She has published Zadie Smith’s White Teeth: A Reader’s Guide (2002) and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Trilogy: A Reader’s Guide (2003), as well as articles on Toby Litt and Irvine Welsh. Her article ‘Novelistic Production and the Publishing Industry’ is forthcoming in the Blackwell Companion to the British and Irish Novel 1945-2000. She previously worked for Hodder & Stoughton Publishers.