Richard Adicks, a sixth-generation Floridian, grew up in Lake City and attended the University of Florida. He earned a Ph.D. in English literature from Tulane University and taught at Georgia Tech. In 1968, he joined the charter faculty of the University of Central Florida, where he is now a professor. He has written on Alfred Tennyson, Walt Whitman, James Joyce and other authors, as well as the history of the Florida town of Oviedo, where Adicks, his wife Mildred, and their daughter Jennifer have lived for more than twenty years.