James L. West III is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English at Pennsylvania State University. He is the current president of the Society for Textual Scholarship. He is a biographer, literary historian, and scholarly editor. His most recent two books are William Styron: A Life (1998) and The Perfect Hour: The Romance of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ginevra King (2005), both published by Random House. West has won fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Humanities Center, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. he has held Fulbright appointments at Cambridge University in England and at the Université de Liège in Belgium, and he has been a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome. West is at work on a revised edition of the Styron biography and on an edition of Styron's fiction about the Marine Corps, to be published this fall by Random House under the title The Suicide Run.