Seamus Deane was born in Derry in 1940. He was educated at Queen’s University in Belfast and earned his doctorate at Cambridge University. His poetry collections include Gradual Wars; Rumours; History Lessons; and Selected Poems. His non-fiction includes Celtic Revivals: Essays in Modern Irish Literature 1880-1980; A Short History of Irish Literature; The French Enlightenment and Revolution in England 1798-1832. His awards include the Æ Award (1973), and he was shortlisted for the Booker Prize for his novel Reading in the Dark. A poet and literary critic, he taught literature for many years at University College Dublin and was the general editor of the three-volume Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing. He is a professor at the University of Notre Dame.