ZIFF, Larzer. American, b. 1927. Genres: Cultural/Ethnic topics, History, Literary criticism and history. Career: Caroline Donovan Professor of English, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 1981-, department chair, 1991-95. Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Assistant Professor to Professor of English, 1956-73, and Chairman of Graduate Studies and Vice-Chairman of the Dept. of English, 1965-69, University of California, Berkeley; Fellow of Exeter College and University Lecturer, Oxford University, 1973-78; Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1978-81. Chairman, Literature and Society Group, Modern Language Association, 1965; Chairman, Criticism and History Section, English Institute, 1966; Member, U.S.-U.K. Educational Commission, 1969- 71; Editorial Board, PMLA, 1979-82; ELH, 1981. Publications: The Career of John Cotton, 1962; The American 1890's, 1968; Puritanism in America, 1973; Literary Democracy, 1981; Writing in the New Nation, 1991; Return Passages, 2000. EDITOR: Walden, by Thoreau, 1961; The Scarlet Letter, by Hawthorne, 1962; The Genius, by Dreiser, 1967; The Financier, by Dreiser, 1967; John Cotton on the Churches of New England, 1969; The Literature of America: Colonial Period, 1970; (with R. Macauley) America and Its Discontents, 1971; Selected Writings of Benjamin Franklin, 1979; Selected Essays of Emerson, 1982; Maggie and Other Tales of New York, by Crane, 2000. Address: Dept. of English, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218, U.S.A.