When The Morning After: Selected Essays and Reviews was published in 1971, Wilfrid Sheed was widely regarded as just about ³the best professional reviewer in the business, and . . . one of the best writers around² (The New York Times Book Review). Three decades on, Sheed¹s stylistic brilliance is, simply, a revelation ‹ they just don¹t write ¹em like this anymore. In his Introduction, written specially for this Common Reader Edition, Sheed looks back on his heyday as a reviewer. Also now included here is Sheed¹s celebrated piece about his experiences as a judge for the Book of the Month Club.