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William C. Carroll

William C. Caroll is professor of English at Boston University.  He has published widely in English Renaissance literature, including The Great Feast of Language in LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST (1976), The Metamorphoses of Shakespearean Comedy (1985), and Fat King, Lean Beggar: Representations of Poverty in the Age of Shakespeare (1996).  He has also edited Thomas Middleton's play Women Beware Women (1994).  He has held senior fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  In 1980 he was awarded the Metcalf Cup and Prize as the outstanding teacher at Boston University.


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Margaret Edson

Margaret Edson was born in Washington, D.C. in 1961. She has degrees in history and literature. She wrote her play Wit in 1991, after a period spent working as a clerk in the oncology/AIDS department of a Washington hospital in 1985. Edson now lives in Atlanta, where she teaches kindergarten.


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Catherine Gallagher

Catherine Gallagher is the Eggers Professor of English Literature and has taught in the English Department at the University of California, Berkeley, since 1980.  Her teaching and research focus on the British novel and cultural history in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  She has received NEH, ACLS, and Guggenheim fellowships and has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, the National Humanities Center, the Stanford Humanities Center, and the American Academy in Berlin. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her books include The Industrial Reformation of English Fiction: Social Discourse and Narrative Form, 1832-67 (1985); Nobody’s Story: The Vanishing Acts of Women Writers in the Literary Marketplace (1994); Practicing New Historicism (2000, with Stephen Greenblatt); and The Body Economic: Life, Death, and Sensation in Political Economy and the Victorian Novel (2006).


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Gerald Graff

Gerald Graff is coeditor with James Phelan of two Bedford Case Studies in Critical Controversy, Adventure of Huckleberry Finn and The Tempest, both in second editions.  He is one of the most eminent figures in literary studies and education today through his influential pedagogy of "teaching the conflicts," which he developed as a professor of English at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago, and as a professor of English and Education in his current position at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  His other widely read books include Professing Literarture (1987), Beyond the Culture Wars (1992), Clueless in Academe (2003), and (with Cathy Birkenstein) the textbook They Say/I Say.  He served as President of the Modern Language Association of America in 2008.


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Diana Hacker

Diana Hacker personally class-tested her handbooks with nearly four thousand students over thirty-five years at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland, where she was a member of the English faculty. Hacker handbooks, built on innovation and on a keen understanding of the challenges facing student writers, are the most widely adopted in America. Hacker handbooks, all published by Bedford/St. Martin’s, include The Bedford Handbook, Eighth Edition (2010); A Writer’s Reference, Seventh Edition (2011); Rules for Writers, Sixth Edition (2008); and A Pocket Style Manual, Fifth Edition (2008).


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Lee A. Jacobus

Lee A. Jacobus is professor emeritus of English at the University of Connecticut and the author/editor of popular English and drama textbooks, among them the full and compact versions of The Bedford Introduction to Drama, Sixth Edition (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2009); and The Longman Anthology of American Drama. He has written scholarly books on Paradise Lost, on the works of John Cleveland, and on the works of Shakespeare, including Shakespeare and the Dialectic of Certainty. He is also a playwright and author of fiction. Two of his plays — Fair Warning and Long Division — were produced in New York by the American Theater of Actors, and Dance Therapy, three one-act plays, was produced in New York at Where Eagles Dare Theatre.  He has recently written a book of short stories, Volcanic Jesus, which is set in Hawaii.


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