John Gross is a writer and reviewer. He was editor of the Times Literary Supplement from 1974 to 1981, on the staff of the New York Times from 1983 to 1988, and theatre critic of the Sunday Telegraph from 1998 to 2005. His books include The Rise and Fall of the Man of Letters (1969; new edn 1991), Shylock: A Legend and Its Legacy (1992), and a memoir A Double Thread (2002). He has edited the Oxford Books of Aphorisms (1983), Essays (1991), and Literary Anecdotes (2006), and The New Oxford Book of English Prose (1998). His most recent anthology is After Shakespeare (2002).