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Jay Parini

professor, Middlebury College

Jay Parini, a poet, novelist, and critic, teaches at Middlebury College. He has published over twenty books and edited twenty more. His poetry includes *The Art of Subtraction: New and Selected Poems*. He has written biographies of John Steinbeck, Robert Frost, and William Faulkner. His novels include *The Apprentice Lover*, *Benjamin's Crossing*, and *The Last Station*, which was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, and Paul Giamatti. His new novel, *The Passages of H.M.*, about the life of Herman Melville, will appear in November.