Earl Lemon is a retired teacher of 35 years, a confirmed Dickensian and a proud adherent to the literary tradition of The Common Reader. He received a B.A. from Bethel College in 1963 and an M.A. from Northwestern University in 1968 and undertook post graduate study in psychology. He is an avid auditor of literature classes at UWM and a member of Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UWM.