David Stacton was born Lionel Kingsley Evans in San Francisco. He attended Stanford University before serving in the Civilian Public Service as a conscientious objector during World War II, eventually graduating from the University of California at Berkeley in 1951. Stacton went to Europe after college and ended up staying, in his words, "because I liked it and because I could not get my books in print in America." His first novel, "Dolores," was published in England in 1954. Among the wide-ranging historical and biographical novels for which he would become best known are "On a Balcony," about Nefertiti and Pharaoh Akhenaten; "Segaki," set in feudal Japan; "A Signal Victory," about the Spanish conquest of the YucatAn; "Old Acquaintance," set at a film festival and telling of the loves of a star resembling Marlene Dietrich; and "People of the Book," set during the Thirty Years' War. Under various pseudonyms, Stacton also published Westerns, mass-market murder mysteries, and a soft-core gay novel. Twice the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he also received a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1968 he moved to Fredensborg, Denmark, to work on a book to be called "Restless Sleep," about Charles II and the diarist Samuel Pepys; ten days later he was found dead in his new home; he was forty-four years old.
John Crowley is the author of a dozen novels and works of fiction, among them "Little, Big" and the "AEgypt Cycle," and, most recently, "Four Freedoms." He is a three-time winner of the World Fantasy Award and a winner of the Award in Literature of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Crowley teaches creative writing at Yale University. His reviews and critical essays have appeared in the "Boston Review," "The Yale Review," and "The Washington Post."show more