About the Author
Ernst Jünger (1895-1998) was born in Heidelberg and early on developed a fascination with war. As a teenager, he ran away to join the French Foreign Legion, then enlisted in the German Army of the first day of World War I. Jünger's first book, Storm of Steel
, provided a graphic account of his experiences. Jünger kept his distance from the Nazis, and his 1939 novel On the Marble Cliffs
presented an allegorical account of the destructive nature of Hitler's rule. One of the most controversial of twentieth-century German writers, Jünger was the recipient of numerous literary prizes, and continued his career as a writer until his death at the age of 102.
Bruce Sterling is the author of many short story collections, nonfiction books, and novels, three of which were selected as New York Times Notable Books of the Year. He lives in Austin, Texas.
Louise Bogan (1897-1970) was an American poet who was appointed the fourth Poet Laureate to the Library of Congress in 1945.
Elizabeth Mayer (1884-1970) was a German-born American translator and editor whose homes in New York served as artistic salons for many émigré writers.