EARL J. WILCOX was born in rural Greene County, near Paragould, Arkansas, in 1933. He graduated from Greene County Tech High School, Arkansas State University, University of Texas (M.A.), and Vanderbilt (1966, Ph.D.) He taught for seven years at Harding University (Searcy) and at ASU for two years. His large extended family remains in Greene County, where most of his nieces and nephews teach. He is an authority on Jack London, Robert Frost, and others, having published books on these two writers, plus several others. He founded THE ROBERT FROST REVIEW, which he edited until 2000, the year he retired from Winthrop University in South Carolina. He is a Fulbright lecturer, the recipient of various NEH grants, and was award the Governor's Prize in the Humanities in SC, in 2000.