Langdon Hammer received his BA and PhD from Yale and joined the English Department faculty in 1987. A literary scholar, biographer, and critic who studies modern and contemporary poetry and poetics, he is especially interested in the relationship between authors’ lives and their works, the history of biography, and the special difficulty of portraying people in verbal and visual form. His most recent book, James Merrill: Life and Art, is a critically acclaimed biography, published by Knopf in April 2015. His other books include Hart Crane and Allen Tate: Janus-Faced Modernism, and he has edited the following publications for the Library of America: The Collected Poems of May Swenson (2013) and Hart Crane: Complete Poetry and Selected Letters (2006). As a former Guggenheim fellow, he has written about poetry for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Book Review, and theAmerican Scholar, where he is the poetry editor. With J. D. McClatchy and Stephen Yenser, he is editing The Selected Letters of James Merrill; and he has just begun work on a critical biography of Elizabeth Bishop.