Richard Lourie is the critically acclaimed author of both fiction and nonfiction, including "The Autobiography of Joseph Stalin "and "Sakharov: A Biography." He has translated forty books and has served as Mikhail Gorbachev's translator for "The New York Times. "His articles and reviews have appeared in many influential publications, including "The New York Times, The Washington Post, "the "New Republic, "and "The Nation." He is currently a correspondent for "The Moscow Times."
Robert L. McLaughlin, a professor of English at Illinois State University, received his Ph.D. from Fordham University in 1987 with a dissertation on Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow. He has published articles in a variety of journals, and, in 1993, he became managing editor of the Review of Contemporary Fiction.