The New Compass: A Critical Review

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Mary Katherine Arnold is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Toronto. She has had several poems published in The Fiddlehead, and in 1997 Rye Hill Press (Philadelphia, PA) published her chapbook of poetry, September Fruit.

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.

R.L. Barth: Scienter Press has just published R.L. Barth's edition of The Selected Civil War Poems of Nathaniel Southgate Shaler.

J.A. Burrow, now Professor Emeritus of the University of Bristol, was formerly the Winterstoke Professor of English at the same school.

Brian Crick is completing his final year of teaching at Brock University in Ontario, Canada. He is the author of Revaluing the Great Tradition, and the co-editor of Literary Criticism of Matthew Arnold, both recently published by Edgeways Books.

Dick Davis has taught at the universities of Tehran (Iran), Durham (U.K.), Newcastle (U.K.), and California (Santa Barbara), and is currently Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and Professor of Persian, at Ohio State University. He lived for 8 years in Iran, as well as for periods in Greece and Italy. He has produced 22 books; as well as academic works, these include translations from Italian (prose) and Persian (prose and verse) and numerous books of poetry.

Michael John DiSanto is completing his PhD entitled "A Revaluation of Values: Joseph Conrad's Novels as a Criticism of the Nineteenth Century." He is the co-editor of Literary Criticism of Matthew Arnold, recently published by Edgeways Books, and is currently editing an edition of Thomas Carlyle's essays soon to be published by the same company.

Christophe Fricker works on his doctoral thesis in literary hermeneutics at St John's College, Oxford. He is co-editor of Castrum Peregrini magazine, and has published translations from English (Dick Davis, Edgar Bowers, renaissance poetry) and Italian (Cimarosa's farsa musicale L'Impresario in angustie for Junge Oper Rhein-Main). With Jane V. Curran, he is co-editor of Schiller's "On Grace and Dignity" (1793) in Its Cultural Context: Essays and a New Translation, which will be published by Camden House in 2005.

Karen Rae Keck is a doctoral candidate in English literature at Texas Tech University and is a co-editor of the Early Church On Line Encyclopedia. In 1993, she and her husband established the St. Pachomius Library, an on-line collection of patristic texts, to which she has contributed translation from Latin.

Richard Lansdown is a graduate of University College London, and his PhD thesis from there—'Byron's Historical Dramas' —was published by Oxford University Press in 1992. He has taught in Finland, and for the last ten years in Australia, presently at the Cairns campus of James Cook University. He published 'The Autonomy of Literature' in 2001 and a Penguin Classics edition of 'The Bostonians' in the same year. From 1993 to 2002 he edited one of Australia's longest-established literary-critical journals, 'The Critical Review', and his anthology, 'Strangers in the South Seas: The Idea of the Pacific in Western Thought' is due from the University of Hawai'i Press next year.

David Leightty is an attorney in Louisville, Kentucky. His poems have appeared in various journals including Blue Unicorn, The Cumberland Poetry Review, The Epigrammatist, Light, The Lyric, Phase and Cycle, The Piedmont Literary Review, Riverrun, Slant, Sparrow, and SPSM&H. His chapbooks Civility at the Flood Wall (1998) and Cumbered Shapes (2002) were published by R.L. Barth.

Duke Maskell is a retired university English teacher who has taught at the University of Western Ontario, Newcastle Polytechnic, and in Sierra Leone. He spent a very happy exchange year at Brock University. He edited the Haltwhistle Quarterly with Brian Lee and the Gadfly with Ian Robinson, and with Ian Robinson he wrote The New Idea of a University. He currently edits the online journal Words in Edgeways.

Michèle Mendelssohn is a lecturer at Boston University. She has taught at Harvard, Cambridge, and Heidelberg University. Her most recent publications include contributions to Nineteenth-Century Literature, The Encyclopedia of Men and Masculinities, and The Eugene O'Neill Review. Her book on Henry James, Oscar Wilde, and Aestheticism is forthcoming.

Moore Moran studied under Yvor Winters at Stanford, then left academe for the advertising world where he served as a copywriter and creative director for a number of years. He continued to write poetry, publishing in The Atlantic Monthly, Paris Review, Chicago Review, Yale Review and elsewhere. With his wife Pat he raised four daughters and a son and presently lives in Santa Rosa, CA. His first full-length book, Firebreaks, won the National Poetry Book Award in 1999, and he has just finished a second book, A Late Persimmon Moon. Moran has recent work in The Prairie Schooner, First Things, The New Formalist, The New Criterion and The Texas Review.

J. Russell Perkin is Professor of English at Saint Mary's University, Halifax, NS, Canada. He teaches Victorian literature and has a particular interest in the relationship between literature and religion. His publications include a number of essays and reviews on Northrop Frye.

Helen Pinkerton Trimpi studied at Stanford University and Harvard University, and has taught literature at Stanford, Michigan State, and the University of Alberta. She now lives in Palo Alto, California. She has published essays on Edgar Bowers, Catherine Davis, Janet Lewis, and Yvor Winters, a scholarly book on Herman Melville, and five collections of poems, most recently Taken in Faith. In 1999 she won the Allen Tate Poetry Prize, from Sewanee Review.

For more information contact the editors:
Michael John DiSanto and Sarah Emsley