This book is a volume in the Penn Press Anniversary Collection. To mark its 125th anniversary in 2015, the University of Pennsylvania Press rereleased more than 1,100 titles from Penn Press's distinguished backlist from 1899-1999 that had fallen out of print. Spanning an entire century, the Anniversary Collection offers peer-reviewed scholarship in a wide range of subject areas.
Sigmund Skard, born in 1903, was educated a the Sorbonne and Oslo, where he taught comparative literature from 1933 to 1938. In 1941-45 he was in American government service in Washington, D.C., after which he took up the position of Professor of American Literature at the University of Oslo.