David Fine is Professor Emeritus at California State University, Long Beach, where he taught American Literature and American Studies since 1968. His first book was The City the Immigrant, and American Fiction, 1880-1920 (1977), and he has edited, or co-edited, four collections of literary essays, Unknown California, Los Angeles in Fiction (1985, 2nd edition 1995), San Francisco in Fiction (1995), and John Fante, a Critical Gathering (1999). He has published a few dozen critical articles in academic journals and reviewed books in a number of scholarly publications, newspapers, and magazines. He was former literary editor of Westways Magazine and The Californians. He has served as Fulbright lecturer in New Zealand (1986) and visiting professor of English at University of Alberta, Edmonton, (1989-90). He has just completed a novel, his first. His most recent book, Imagining Los Angeles: a City in Fiction has won the Southern California Historical Society's Pfleuger Award as the best regional book of the year (2000).