About this Weblog and its Administrator
This web-blog, begun in late September 2009, is devoted chiefly to literature, and takes the form of a kind of commonplace book, with commentary, often lengthy. (Along the right “side-bar” you’ll see an honest-to-god commonplace book.)
Mark Richardson, author of “The Era of Casual Fridays,” lives and works in Kyoto, Japan. He grew up in South Carolina & Georgia, was educated at the University of South Carolina and at Rutgers University, taught for ten years at Western Michigan University (1993-2003), before moving, in 2003, to Kyoto, where he now teaches at Doshisha University.
Much of what you’ll see in these web-pages derives from what he does in the classroom.
His books include The Ordeal of Robert Frost (Illinois, 1997), and, as editor or contributing editor, Robert Frost: Poetry, Prose and Plays (with Richard Poirier) (Library of America, 1995); The Collected Prose of Robert Frost (Harvard 2007); The Letters of Robert Frost, Volume I: 1886-1920 (Harvard, February 2014), co-edited with Donald Sheehy; Robert Frost in Context (Cambridge, April 2014); The Cambridge Companion to American Poets (Cambridge, October 2015); and, now in production, The Letters of Robert Frost, Volume II: 1920-1928, co-edited with Donald Sheehy, Robert Bernard Hass, and Henry Atmore (due out in Fall 2016).