J. A. Cuddon was a writer, school teacher and academic. Best known for his Dictionary of Literary Terms, he also produced the large Dictionary of Sport and Games, as well as several novels, plays and travel books. He also edited two anthologoies of supernatural fiction. He died in 1996. M. A. R. Habib is Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University. His recent publications include The Early T.S. Eliot and Western Philosophy (1999), A History of Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present (Blackwell, 2005) and Modern Literary Criticism and Theory: A History (Blackwell, 2007). He has published articles and presented papers on Plato, Aristotle, Horace, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Marx, Bergson, Freud, Barthes, Derrida and others.