Alan Jacobs is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University. His most recent books are The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography and a critical edition of W. H. Auden’s long poem For the Time Being: A Christmas Oratorio (both Princeton University Press, 2013). He has also published three collections of essays, and works of literary theory, biography, theology, and cultural history. He has written for a wide range of periodicals, including The American Scholar, Books & Culture, Harper’s, and The Oxford American. He is a native of Alabama and a graduate of the University of Alabama; he earned his doctorate from the the University of Virginia. After teaching at Wheaton College in Illinois for 29 years, he came to Baylor in 2013.