Charlotte Allen ("The Search for a No-Frills Jesus"), is a contributing editor of Lingua Franca, a magazine devoted to academic culture. She is at work on a book about New Testament scholarship and the historical Jesus.
Linda Bierds ("Safe"), teaches at the University of Washington and recently received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her newest book of poetry is The Ghost Trio (1994).
Michael Davitt Bell ("Magic Time"), teaches English at Williams College and is the author of numerous articles and books on nineteenth-century American fiction, including The Problem of American Realism (1993). He has recently completed a book about his experience coping with cancer, titled Learning How to Die.
Sheila Gordon ("The Greatest Show on Earth"), is the author of several novels and a memoir, A Modest Harmony: Seven Summers in a Scottish Glen. Her award-winning novel for young adults, Waiting for the Rain, was published in 1987.
Hans Koning ("On France's Blessed South Coast"), is the author of many novels, including A Walk With Love and Death (1961), The Petersburg-Cannes Express (1975), and The Kleber Flight (1981), and of the nonfiction A New Yorker in Egypt (1976) and Columbus: His Enterprise (1991). Koning's new novel, Night and Day, will be published next year.
James M. McPherson ("Lincoln Speaks"), is the George Henry Davis Professor of American History at Princeton University. He won the 1989 Pulitzer Prize in history for Battle Cry of Freedom. McPherson's most recent book is Drawn With the Sword: Reflections on the American Civil War, which was published in April.
Jesse Sheidlower ("Elegant Variation and All That"), is an editor in the Random House reference department who is responsible for new words and usage entries for the Random House dictionaries. He is the author of The F-Word (1995).
Lawrence Weschler ("My Grandfather's Last Tale"), has covered Poland, South
Africa, and Latin America as a staff writer for The New Yorker. He is
also the author of Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder (1995), about the
Museum of Jurassic Technology, in Los Angeles.
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The Atlantic Monthly; November 1996; Contributors; Volume 278, No. 5; page 6.