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.

R.L. Barth is the editor of The Selected Letters of Yvor Winters. His selected Vietnam war poems, Deeply Dug In, will be published in Fall 2003 by the University of New Mexico Press.


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 Shakespeareís Poetic Styles (1980), and he has co-edited, with Patrick Atherton, Aristotleís Poetics, by George Whalley (1997). He was one of the editors of The Compass.

Turner Cassity was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1929. He earned his M.A. at Stanford University in 1952, served in the U.S. Army in the Caribbean from 1952 to 1954, then completed his studies with an M.S. from Columbia University in 1956. He began his career in Africa at the Transvaal Provincial Library from 1958 to 1960, then served as librarian at Emory University in Atlanta from 1962 until his retirement in 1991. He has written ten books of poetry, including most recently The Destructive Element: New and Selected Poems and No Second Eden.


Gordon Harvey, who directs the Expository Writing program at Harvard University, became a student of Christopher Drummond's in the mid-1970s and remains one. He is writing a book on Edgar Bowers with the increasingly ironic title "What Time Provides."


Richard Lansdown is a senior lecturer in English at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia. He is editor of the Critical Review and Henry Jamesís The Bostonians (2000), and author of Byronís Historical Dramas (1992) and The Autonomy of Literature (2001).


Helen Pinkerton studied at Stanford University and Harvard University, and has taught literature at Stanford and the University of Alberta. She now lives in Palo Alto, California. She has published essays on modern poets, 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.


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.


Steven Shankman is Director of the Oregon Humanities Center and Distinguished Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oregon. His recent books include The Siren and the Sage: Knowledge and Wisdom in Ancient Greece and China (co-authored by Stephen Durrant) and Early China/Ancient Greece: Thinking through Comparisons (co-edited by Stephen Durrant). His book of poems is entitled Kindred Verses. He has published poetic translations from the original Greek, Latin, French, and Chinese poetry, some of which have appeared in The World of Literature, an anthology (of which he is a co-editor) of world literature with a global perspective.