Jane Alison has a bachelor's degree in classics from Princeton University & a M.F.A. from Columbia University. She lives in Germany.
Shari Benstock is a professor of English & associate dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Miami. She is the author of several books, most recently "No Gifts from Chance: A Biography of Edith Wharton." Along with Suzanne Ferriss, she edits "On Fashion" (Rutgers University Press, 1994).