Mary Poovey, a cultural historian and literary scholar, has recently retired from New York University, where she was the Samuel Rudin University Professor of the Humanities. She has published on subjects ranging from feminist theory to administrative reform in nineteenth century Britain. Two of her earlier books—A History of the Modern Fact and Genres of the Credit Economy—address the history of the disciplines and the relationship between literary study and economics. In 2017, with co-author Kevin Brine, she published Finance in America: An Unfinished Story. This book chronicles the rise of the financial industry from the late nineteenth century to the financial crisis of 2008. She now lives in Connecticut.
Francis O’Gorman was educated as C.S. Deneke Organ Scholar of Lady Margaret Hall Oxford. He remains an active musician. After 16 years teaching at the University of Leeds, he was appointed Saintsbury Professor of English Literature at the University of Edinburgh in 2016. He has particular interests in nineteenth-century literature including Coleridge, Ruskin, Swinburne, and Trollope, and in psychoanalysis. Francis O’Gorman has written or edited 24 books (including 6 on or by Ruskin) and his most recent publications editions of Trollope’s The Way We Live Now (OUP, 2016) and Orley Farm (OUP, 2018), The Cambridge Companion to John Ruskin (2015), the Twenty-first Century Oxford Authors Algernon Charles Swinburne (2016), and volume 5 of the Oxford Selected Prose of Edward Thomas. His Worrying: A Literary and Cultural History (2015) was a Guardian ‘Book of the Week’ and a Sunday Times ‘Must Read’ and it was followed by Forgetfulness: Making the Modern Culture of Amnesia in 2017. He is currently editing The Stones of Venice and Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone for OUP and has just completed a book called Liberalism in Education: The Monopoly of an Idea for the New York offices of Bloomsbury.