James Atlas is the author of Bellow: A Biography; Delmore Schwartz, The Life of an American Poet, the memoir My Life in the Middle Ages: A Survivor’s Tale, and The Shadow in the Garden: A Biographer's Tale. The founder of the Lipper/Viking Penguin Lives series, Atlas was for many years an editor at The New York Times, first at the book review and later at the magazine. His work has appeared in The New Yorker,