Robert McParland writes fiction, literary criticism, and on American culture. He is also a musician and a lyricist/composer member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers. His books include Charles Dickensís American Audience, Writing About Joseph Conrad, Music and Literary Modernism, Mark Twainís Audience, Beyond Gatsby , and the short story collection In the Nick of Time. He also often writes on popular music. Charles Dickens's American Audience received the Kornitzer Book Award (2011).