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Gender MALE
Industry Publishing
Occupation Writer, Illustrator, Editor, Publisher
Location Normal, IL, United States
Introduction Author of THE FARRINGFORD CADENZA (2007), STICKLEWORT AND FEVERFEW (1980), LANGUAGE AND LEWIS CARROLL (1970), short stories, essays, poems, editor at Pikestaff Press since 1977 (, Retired Professor of English at Illinois State University.
Interests Fiction writing (including mystery), Linguistics, history of the English Language, Old English, nature of metaphor, semiotics, small press publishing, history of film, classical music, film noir, world history, Maya civilization & archaeology, travel, Personal website:
Favorite Movies The Maltese Falcon, Across the Pacific, Wild Strawberries, Smiles of a Summer Night, Fanny and Alexander, Cabaret, The Music Man, I'm All Right Jack, A Night to Remember, Titanic (Stanwyck & Clifton Webb), A Man for All Seasons, The African Queen, They Might Be Giants, The Wrong Box, To Kill a Mockingbord, The Woman in White (Sydney Greenstreet), The Pawnbroker, The Innocents (Deborah Kerr), Foreign Correspondent, Yellow Submarine, This Gun for Hire (A. Ladd), Witness for the Prosecution (Marlene Dietrich & Charles Laughton), Casablanca, Citizen Kane, Auntie Mame (Rosalind Russell), Gandhi, Hound of the Baskervilles (Rathbone), The Wizard of Oz, Mary Poppins, The Third Man, Double Indemnity, The Big Sleep, Chinatown, War and Peace (H. Fonda-A. Hepburn), Romeo and Juliet (Zeffirelli), Amadeus, Black Orpheus, The Lady Vanishes (Hitchcock), Gone With the Wind, The Seventh Seal, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Inspector General (Danny Kaye)
Favorite Music Chopin, J.S. Bach, Telemann, Boyce, Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Niels Gade, Brahms, Bruch, Dvorak, Faure, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Puccini, Rachmaninoff, Granados, Bloch, Berwald, Rodrigo, Hovhaness, Farringford, Stenhammar, Saint-Saens, Rameau, Paganini, Grieg, Carl Nielsen, Arthur Foote, Tchaikovsky, Felix Mendelssohn, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Purcell, Handel, Haydn, Lars-Erik Larsson, Amy Beach, Jerome Kern, Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, The Beatles, Buffy Ste.-Marie, Phil Ochs, Leroy Anderson
Favorite Books Dante's Divine Comedy, Shakespeare's Richard II, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Measure for Measure, Njalssaga, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Henry David Thoreau's Walden & Civil Disobedience, Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass, Jane Austen's Emma, Henry James' The Turn of the Screw & The Aspern Papers, Robert Graves' I Claudius, Raymond Chandler's Marlowe mysteries, Katherine Anne Porter's short stories, Tolkien's Hobbit & Lord of the Rings, Kate Chopin's The Awakening, Orwell's 1984, William Maxwell's The Folded Leaf, Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine & collections of short stories in the period 1950-70, Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn & Old Times on the Mississippi, Emily Dickinson's poems, the mysteries of P. D. James, Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, Doyle's Sherlock Holmes canon, Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat, various works by Ruth Rendell, Sue Grafton, Patricia Cornwell, Agatha Christie, Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer series), John D. MacDonald (Travis McGee series), Sara Paretsky, Josephine Tey, Amanda Cross