Ross Chambers, author and member of the Friends of the Press, died late last year in Ann Arbor, Michigan at the age of eighty-four. He was a renowned and prolific scholar of modern literature, and a much-loved teacher and mentor.
He was a Marvin Felheim Distinguished University Professor of French and Comparative Literature, Emeritus, at the University of Michigan. His books include The Writing of Melancholy and Room for Maneuver.
Chambers also contributed to The &-Files: Art & Text 1981-2002 (Whale and Star Press 2009) by Paul Foss and Robert McKenzie which is modeled after the famed TV sci-fi series The X-Files. This volume gathers together a covert body of documents following the long and often controversial career of Art & Text, one of the landmark contemporary art magazines of the 1980s and 1990s.