Hamilton Beck was born in Rochester, New York, and graduated from Cornell University with a Ph.D. in German literature in 1980. For the next 16 years, he taught German at a variety of colleges and universities in the United States. In 1996, he went to Moldova to teach English as a foreign language under the auspices of the Soros Foundation. Since 2001 he has been teaching English at the American Academy of Foreign Languages in Moscow, Russia. His publications include:

The Elusive "I" in the Novel: Hippel, Sterne, Diderot, Kant. NY: Peter Lang, 1986.

"Censoring Your Ally: W.E.B. Du Bois in the GDR." Crosscurrents — African-Americans, Africa, and Germany in the Modern Age. Columbia, South Carolina: Camden House, 1996.

Whither Goest Thou, America? An Anthology of American Literature and Culture. 2 vols. Chisinau, Moldova: Cartier, 1999 (ISPN 9975-79-006-2/007-0).

"Teaching Mark Twain in Moldova." Festschrift für Joseph Kohnen (forthcoming).

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