Fred Hobson is Professor of English and Lineberger Professor in the Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is author of a number of books, including MENCKEN: A LIFE, TELL ABOUT THE SOUTH: THE SOUTHERN RAGE TO EXPLAIN, BUT NOW I SEE: THE WHITE SOUTHERN RACIAL CONVERSION NARRATIVE, and THE SOUTHERN WRITER IN THE POSTMODERN WORLD and has contributed to THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK REVIEW. THE VIRGINIA QUARTERLY REVIEW, THE SOUTHERN REVIEW, and THE SEWANEE REVIEW. He has been a Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Humanities Center. He has received, among other awards, the Jules Landry Award and the Lillian Smith Award for Nonfiction.