Sue Norton is a lecturer of English in the Dublin Institute of Technology. Her PhD (UCD, 2001) was on representations of family in contemporary American fiction. She has published several sections of her dissertation, two, notably, on John Updike (The John Updike Review 2014 and The Explicator 2013). She teaches general English Studies including American literature, Creative Writing, Composition, and Applied Grammar. She also writes outside of academia, in particular general essays for a wide readership.
Laurence W. Mazzeno is President Emeritus of Alvernia University in Reading, Pennsylvania. He is the author of a number of books in Camden House’s Literary Criticism in Perspective Series including Becoming John Updike (2013) and the more recent The Critics and Hemingway (2015). He is editor of Twenty-First Century Perspectives on Victorian Literature (Rowman & Littlefield 2014), and, with Ronald D. Morrison, Victorian Writers and the Environment: Ecocritical Perspectives (Routledge, forthcoming in 2017). He has published many reference essays and book reviews, and has served on the editorial staff of Nineteenth Century Prose and its predecessor, The Arnoldian, since 1982.
In his Preface to Due Considerations (2007), John Updike tells us that when he was a very young man, he yearned to become a professional writer so that his ideas might join the “printed material that... Read More...