Richard Waswo is professor emeritus of English, Université de Genève. A.B., Stanford, 1961; M.A. and Ph.D., Harvard, 1962 and 1970. He taught at San Francisco and San José State Colleges and the University of Virginia before coming to Geneva in 1976. He has written Language and Meaning in the Renaissance (Princeton, 1987) The Founding Legend of Western Civilization (Wesleyan, 1997), and numerous articles on British writers from Chaucer to Scott. Nothing in professional life became him like the leaving it: most of the contributions to a recent book (Fiction and Economy, ed. Susan Bruce and Valeria Wagner, Palgrave, 2007) were first presented at a conference in Geneva on his current research interest in the manifold relations between words and money.