Robert Roper is the award-winning author of Now the Drum of War: Walt Whitman and His Brothers in the Civil War (2008) as well as of Fatal Mountaineer (2002), a biography of the Himalayan climber Willi Unsoeld. His books of fiction include Royo County Tales, The Trespassers, Mexico Days, On Spider Creek, and Cuervo Tales. Many of his cultural essays appeared at Obit-mag.com and he has also written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, Outside, The American Scholar, and other Web and print-based publications. In 2002 he was awarded the Boardman Tasker Prize, the principal world prize in mountaineering literature, given by the Royal Geographical Society of London and the British Alpine Club. Nabokov in America, a study of the Russian writer’s U.S. years, will appear from Bloomsbury in 2015. He lives in California and Maryland and teaches at Johns Hopkins.