Sir Christopher Ricks is Warren Professor of the Humanities and Co-Director of the Editorial Institute at Boston University, having formerly been professor of English at the University of Bristol and at Cambridge. He was the Professor of Poetry at Oxford, 2004-09. A member of the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers, he was its president, 2007-08.
Whereas most of his work as a critic and editor has been devoted to poetry (Milton, Tennyson, Keats, T.S. Eliot, Bob Dylan, The Oxford Book of English Verse and most recently The New Oxford Book of Victorian Verse), Sir Christopher has also turned his attention to fiction in his book, Beckett’s Dying Words; in editing Samuel Beckett’s The Expelled / The Calmative / The End / First Love and Henry James’s What Maisie Knew; and in a collection of his essays on the novel from Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot and Henry James, through to Ernest Hemingway, Ivy Compton-Burnett, Christina Stead, Brian Moore, Kingsley Amis, V.S. Naipaul and Ian McEwan.
A frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books and the Times Literary Supplement, Sir Christopher has reviewed fiction from France, Germany, Italy, Israel, Canada and South Africa.