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Barnes & Noble Classics are introduced by an extraordinary roster of more than 150 experts in their fields; known for their academic expertise, their passion for the work under discussion, and the breadth of their culture and literary excellence.

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George Stade

Consulting Editoral Director

One of America's great educators, Mr. Stade teaches at Columbia University: he has chaired their world-renowned English Department and was a recipient of the Alumni Association Great Teachers Award. He was editor-in-chief of the 74-volume Columbia Essays on Modern Writers and, currently, the Scribner's British Writers Series and the 14-volume European Writers Series. He author of three novels: Confessions of a Lady-Killer, Sex and Violence: A Love Story, and Love Is War. An extensive selection of his critical essays and literary reviews appears in Literature, Moderns, Monsters, Popsters and Us.

Peter Bondanella

is Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian at Indiana University and a past President of the American Association for Italian Studies. He wrote the Introduction and Notes for Longfellow's translation of Dante's Inferno and, with Julia Conaway Bondanella, of the Purgatorio and Paradiso.

Joseph Frank

is Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature at both Princeton and Stanford Universities and the author of the classic definitive biography of Dostoevsky. Frank wrote the Introductions to Dostoevsky's The Idiot and The House of the Dead and Poor Folk and Tolstoy's War and Peace.

Mary Gordon

is McIntosh Professor of English at Barnard College and a novelist whose bestselling works of fiction include Final Payments and The Company of Women. Gordon wrote the Introduction and Notes for E. M. Forster's Howards End.

Farah Jasmine Griffin

is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and African-American Studies at Columbia University. She has written and edited extensively in the fields of African-American literature, music, history, and politics. Griffin introduces the Barnes & Noble Classics edition of W.E.B. Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk and Harriet Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

Maureen Howard

is a critic, teacher, and noted novelist whose work include Grace Abounding and Expensive Habits. She is an authority on Edith Wharton and recently edited The Collected Stories of Edith Wharton for the Library of America and wrote the Introduction to the Barnes & Noble edition of Wharton's The Age of Innocence.

George Levine

is Kenneth Burke Professor of English Literature at Rutgers University and director of the University's Center for the Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, as well as an expert on nineteenth-century culture and Charles Darwin. Levine provided the introduction to Darwin's The Origin of Species and George Eliot's Silas Marner.

Steven Marcus

is Professor of English and Comparative Literature and George Delacorte Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University and a specialist in nineteenth-century literature and society. Marcus wrote the Introduction to Jane Austen's Emma and edited and introduced Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent and Other Works.

Daphne Merkin

is the author of a novel, Enchantment, and a regular contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times, and many other publications. Merkin wrote the Introduction for Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights.

Robert O'Meally

is Zora Neale Hurston Professor of Literature at Columbia University and Director of Columbia's Center for Jazz Studies. He is the author of The Craft of Ralph Ellison and Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday. He produced the Introduction and Notes for Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, as well as The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson.

Luc Santé

is Visiting Professor of Writing and the History of Photography at Bard College and a widely published essayist. His books include the well-known Low Life: Lures and Snares of Old New York and The Factory of Facts. Santé introduces the Barnes & Noble Classics editions of Alexandre Dumas's The Count of Monte Cristo and Emile Zola's Nana.

Lynne Sharon Schwartz

is an award-winning poet, essayist, and novelist. Here most recent books are the poetry collections In Solitary and Face to Face and the novel Writing on the Wall. Schwartz wrote the introduction to George Eliot's Middlemarch.

This growing community of talented writers and scholars sets the standard or academic excellence that distinguishes the Barnes & Noble Classics line. Their new Introductions are themselves an important reason to represent the world‘s greatest classics to this generation's students, readers, and re-readers.