I grew up in Virginia, but have lived much of my life in New Hampshire ever since I went to college (Dartmouth) and I still escape to a summer retreat on Ragged Mountain there. After changing my major belatedly from Mathematics to English, I received my Ph.D. in English at Yale, then taught English literature at Yale, the University of Georgia, and Harvard before coming here. I've written books on Wordsworth, on Coleridge and Shelley, and on the Sherlock Holmes stories. I'm currently writing one about the rise of ventriloquism as a performing art in late eighteenth-early nineteenth century Europe and America. My wife, Sooze, a pediatrician, is the Director of the Regional Diagnostic and Treatment Center at Newark Beth Israel Hospital and serves on the medical school faculty at UMDNJ, she is also deeply involved in national committee work for the American Academy of Pediatrics. We have two children: our daughter, Emily, is a Professor of English at the University of Southern California, and our son, Michael, graduated from Princeton in 2004 and is now, after a variety of jobs and adventures, out of law school and working at a big firm in NYC. I have two grandchildren: Owen, born to Emily and her husband Dave, in January 2011, and Claire, born to Michael and his wife, Kristin, just this past July 2012. I’m the faculty fellow for the great women’s cross-country and track teams here, and follow their competitions closely and enthusiastically. I’m also something of a gym rat, although you probably won’t meet me there unless you, too, become part of the early-morning (before 8 a.m.) fitness center crowd.