Happy the Man Happy he, and happy he alone, is the man who can call today his own, the man who, secure within, can say: Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have lived today. Whether fair or foul or rain or shine, all my days, in spite of fate, are mine. Not even Heaven upon the past has power: What has been, has been, and I have had my hour. Horace First Century, B.C.
In addition to Random Miracles, Edward M. Cifelli has written biographies of poets David Humphreys and John Ciardi. He has also edited or compiled books of letters, poems, essays, and bibliography. He has written dozens of articles for magazines and professional journals, and hundreds of movie reviews for a daily newspaper, The New Jersey Herald. For the Signet Classics Editions, he has written introductions or afterwords to the three-volumes of Dante’s Divine Comedy, John Milton’s Paradise Lost, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s Evangeline. He has also contributed to the American National Biography, American Writers Before 1800, and The Encyclopedia of New Jersey. He is a regular contributor as well to the St. Petersburg Times. He and his wife Roberta live in Dade City, Florida.