Alfred F. Boe, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University, is the editor of Arete: The Journal of Sport Literature and author of numerous articles on sports literature, most recently an essay entitled "Sports in the Bible,"
Roy C. Caldwell, Jr., teaches at Clarkson University and at St. Lawrence University. Once a "credible, if not brilliant" second baseman, he is presently at work on a study of ludic narrative in the nouveau roman and trying to find the time to write a book on college basketball.
Robert Cochran, Professor of English at the University of Vermont, appeared in these pages some years back with an essay on Ernest Hemingway. Other work has appeared in College English, Explicator, Western American Literature, and elsewhere.
Allen Guttmann is the author of several books, including From Ritual to Record: The Nature of Modern Sports (1978), The Games Must Go On: Avery Brundage and the Olympic Movement (1984), and Sports Spectators (1986). He teaches English and American Studies at Amherst College.
Brooke K. Horvath and William J. Palmer, respectively MFS Managing and Advisory Editors, and guest co-editors of this issue, both teach courses on sports literature at Purdue, appear frequently in this journal, and publish widely in the fields of contemporary American and British fiction. Palmer pitches and Horvath plays the infield for local city-league Softball teams.
William Hutchings has published on modern fiction and drama in Papers on Language and Literature, Twentieth Century Literature, ARIEL, Proteus, and elsewhere. Presently at work on a book-length study of David Storey, he teaches at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Thomas LeClair, Professor of English, University of Cincinnati, regularly reviews new fiction for The New York Times Book Review, The New Republic, and other magazines. His criticism has appeared in TriQuarterly, Contemporary Literature, and MFS as well as various other journals.
Christian K. Messenger is the author of Sport and the Spirit of Play in American Fiction: Hawthorne to Faulkner (1981). An Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he is working on a study of sport and play in contemporary American fiction.
Michael Oriard teaches at Oregon State University. In addition to essays appearing in periodicals as diverse as MFS and Sports Illustrated, he is the author of Dreaming of Heroes: American Sports Fiction, 1868-1980 (1982) and The End of Autumn: Reflections of My Life in Football (1982).
Neil Randall, an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Waterloo, is the author of three interactive novels and is presently embarked upon a book-length study of such fiction.
Richard Alan Schwartz's work has appeared in The Nation, Science Fiction Studies, Science, Technology and the Humanities, and elsewhere. An Associate Professor of English at Florida International University, he has recently finished his first novel.
Eric Solomon, who teaches at San Francisco State University, is a previous contributor to MFS. The author of Stephen Crane in England (1964) and Stephen Crane (1966), Professor Solomon is presendy writing a book entitled Jews, Baseball, and American Fiction.
Wiley Lee Umphlett is Dean of Extension Programs at the University of West Florida. His books include The Sporting Myth and the American Experience (1975), Mythmakers of the American Dream (1983), and American Sport Culture: The Humanistic Dimensions, which he edited for Bucknell University Press in 1985.
David L. Vanderwerken, co-editor of Sport Inside Out: Readings in Literature and Philosophy (1985), teaches at Texas Christian University. He has written on sports previously for Arete and, when not enjoying the Horned Frog basketball season, is now editing a collection of essays on the pedagogy of sports-related courses.