Candy Gunther Brown is an assistant professor of American studies at Saint Louis University, where she specializes in the study of religion and American culture. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in history and literature, a master of arts in history, and a doctorate in the history of American civilization from Harvard University. She is the author of The Word in the World: Evangelical Writing, Publishing, and Reading in America, 1789–1880 (University of North Carolina Press, 2004). She is currently writing a book on spiritual healing in modern America.
Bernice E. Gallagher is director of writing programs at Lake Forest College in Illinois. She is a graduate of Barat College and holds a master’s degree in liberal studies from Lake Forest College and a doctorate in English from Northwestern University. Her book Illinois Women Novelists in the Nineteenth Century: An Analysis and Annotated Bibliography (University of Illinois Press, 1994) earned the Illinois State Historical Society’s Award of Superior Achievement in 1995.
Amina Gautier is assistant professor of English at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from Stanford University as well as a master’s degree and doctorate in English from the University of Pennsylvania. Her short stories have appeared in several literary publications, and she is a contributing editor of Storyquarterly Magazine. Her interests include fiction writing, nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American literature, and nineteenth-century American literature.
Barbara Hochman is associate professor and chair of the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. She holds an undergraduate degree in language and literature from Bard College and a master’s degree and doctorate in comparative literature from Rutgers University. She has published widely on nineteenth-century American fiction, including Getting at the Author: Reimagining Books and Reading in the Age of American Realism (University of Massachusetts Press, 2001). In 2003 she received an NEH fellowship for her project Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Reading Revolution.
Anne Lundin is a professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received a [End Page 166] master’s degree in English from the University of Michigan and a master of library science from Louisiana State University. She holds a doctorate in librarianship from the University of Alabama. Her areas of study include the history of children’s literature and librarianship, intellectual history, cultural studies, and transcendentalism and romanticism in nineteenth-century American culture. Her most recent book is Constructing the Canon of Children’s Literature: Beyond Library Walls and Ivory Towers (Routledge, 2004).
Angela Sorby is assistant professor of English at Marquette University, specializing in nineteenth-century poetry and reader reception. She holds a doctorate in English from the University of Chicago and is the author of Schoolroom Poets: Childhood, Performance, and the Place of American Poetry, 1865–1917 (University Press of New England, 2005).
Emily B. Todd is associate professor of English at Westfield State College in Massachusetts. She holds an undergraduate degree in American studies from Amherst College, a master’s degree in Scottish literature from St. Andrews University, and a doctorate in English from the University of Minnesota. She is the coeditor of Transatlantic Stowe: Essays on Harriet Beecher Stowe and European Culture, forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press. She is particularly interested in using library circulation records and library catalogs to study reading history.
Sarah Wadsworth, special issue editor, is assistant professor of English at Marquette University. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Reed College, a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a doctorate in English from the University of Minnesota. The recipient (with Wayne Wiegand) of the Carnegie-Whitney Award of the American Library Association in 2002, she is the author of In the Company of Books: Literature and Its “Classes” in Nineteenth-Century America, forthcoming from the University of Massachusetts Press. She is also working on a history and analysis of the Woman’s Building Library with Wayne Wiegand.