William Park received his undergraduate degree from Princeton and his Ph.D. from Columbia. After teaching at Hamilton College and Columbia, in 1962 he joined the Faculty of Sarah Lawrence College, where, with Wilford Leach, he founded the program in film studies. He is the co-editor of The College Anthology of English and American Poetry and the author of The Idea of Rococo. He has published numerous essays on the novel. His essays on film have appeared in The Hudson Review, The Velvet Light Trap, The Journal of Popular Film, and Crisis. In 1998 he won the Catholic Press Association's award for the "Best Review" of the year. He is the regular film reviewer for the Irish monthly Position Paper. With his wife, Marlene, he now resides in Santa Cruz, California.