After leading Contemporary Literature for thirty years, Thomas Schaub has retired as executive editor. Succeeding L. S. Dembo as editor in 1990, Tom established the journal's current focus on post-World War II literature, and his stewardship in the ensuing decades strengthened Contemporary Literature's position as the leading journal in the field. For many years, Tom served as the journal's sole editor; he later presided over an expansion of the editorial collective into a group of area editors, which he guided as executive editor. In the field of contemporary literary studies, Tom's name became synonymous with the accomplishments and reputation of Contemporary Literature. His editorial achievements were all the more remarkable for coming alongside his stature as a major scholar of Thomas Pynchon and his many years of service to the University of Wisconsin–Madison English Department, including several terms as chair.
We hope to offer a more substantial tribute to Tom's legacy in the near future. For now, we thank Tom for his tireless work to make Contemporary Literature what it is today, as we carry on his commitment to making the journal home to the best scholarship in the field. [End Page i]