Richard Kaye is Associate Professor in the Department of English at Hunter College and in the Ph.D. Program in English at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. For four years he worked in the editorial offices of The New York Review of Books. He is the author of The Flirt’s Tragedy: Desire Without End in Victorian and Edwardian Fiction. He is editing a collection of essays on Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray for Oxford University Press and is completing a book-length study of the figure of St. Sebastian in nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first century literature and art. He is also working on a book entitled The Invention of Empathy, dealing with the shift from Victorian conceptions of sympathy to more recent notions of empathy as a psychological, social, and cultural ideal.