John William Corrington’s early death ended the career of a distinguished and prolific literary figure. His first book appeared in 1961; it was followed by three other books of poetry, numerous novels, and four of the best short story collections of our times. He had stories selected for the Best American Short Stories in 1972, 1976, 1977, and the O. Henry Awards Collection for 1976. Besides being a screenwriter with his wife, Joyce (The Omega Man, Boxcar Bertha, The Killer Bees), he was for a period a practicing attorney. Much of his fiction reflects his concern for law and justice, and the sometime difference in the two. He particularly admired the political philosopher Eric Voegelin, whose work he studied for many years, and about whom he wrote several essays. At the time of his death he was editing Voegelin’s lectures on law for publication in the Collected Works of Eric Voegelin. One critic has pointed out the “nugget of faith” at the center of Corrington’s mentality and work, “without which both the intellect and emotions become the instrument of caprice.” R.I.P.