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Mary V. Dearborn is the acclaimed author of Ernest Hemingway: A Biography, the first full biography of Ernest Hemingway in over 15 years, based on new sources including materials recently released from Cuba. She received a doctorate in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, where she was a Mellon Fellow in the Humanities. 

Ronald Rosbottomwas born in New Orleans and attended Tulane and Princeton Universities. He has taught at the University of Pennsylvania and The Ohio State University, and now holds the Winifred Arms Professorship in the Arts and Humanities at Amherst College. He is also Professor of French, European Studies, and Architectural Studies. In 2014, he published When Paris Went Dark: The City of Light Under German Occupation 1944-1944, a semi-finalist for the National Book Award. He is currently at work on a study of adolescents in the French Resistance.

Michael Schulman is the author of Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep. He is a contributor and arts editor at The New Yorker. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Believer, and other publications. He lives in New York City.

Edward Sorel is the author of Mary Astor’s Purple Diary: The Great American Sex Scandal of 1936. He is an illustrator, caricaturist, and cartoonist, whose satires and pictorial essays have appeared in Vanity Fair, Esquire, Atlantic Monthly, and The New Yorker, for which he has done forty-six covers. He is the recipient of the George Polk Award for Satiric Drawing and the Karikaturpreis der deutchen Anwaltschaft from the Wilhelm Busch Museum in Hanover, Germany. He lives in Harlem.

William Taubman is author of Gorbachev: His Life and Times. He is the Bertrand Snell Professor of Political Science Emeritus at Amherst College. His biography, Khrushchev: The Man and His Era, won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He lives in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Victoria Wilson is a vice president and senior editor at Alfred Knopf. She was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the US Commission on Civil Rights and has served on the boards of PEN American Center, the National Board Review of Motion Pictures, the Writing Program of the New School of Social Research, and Poets & Writers. She grew up on Martha’s Vineyard and lives in New York City and upstate New York. She is at work on the concluding volume of A Life of Barbara Stanwyck, which explores the years 1940-1990.
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