Nicholas Manning is Maître de conférences (Associate Professor) in American Literature at the Sorbonne. He is the founding editor of The Continental Review and the author of two poetic cycles: Novaless. Elements Towards a Metaphysic, and Homo Sentimentalis. A Guide In Verse To Modern Emotional Intimacy. His study of sincerity in 20th century poetics, entitled Rhétorique de la sincérité. La poésie moderne en quête d'un langage vrai, is forthcoming from Honoré Champion, Paris.