FINE, Richard. American, b. 1951. Genres: Writing/Journalism. Career: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA, assistant professor, 1979-86, associate professor, 1986-97, professor of English, 1997-, chair of English department, 1994-. Universite de Caen, Caen, France, Fulbright junior lecturer in American studies and American literature, 1981-82, visiting full professor at Institut d'Anglais, 1987-88. Publications director, Sabot School, Richmond. Manuscript reader for American Quarterly, 1986-88, and for University of Texas Press, 1992-. Publications: Hollywood and the Profession of Authorship, 1928-1940, 1985; reprinted with new preface as West of Eden: Hollywood and the Profession of Authorship, 1993; James M. Cain and the American Authors' Authority, 1992. Contributor to reference works. Contributor to professional journals. Address: Department of English, Box 842005, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23284-2005, U.S.A.