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Professor of English

Simon Gatrell

University of Georgia

Simon Gatrell is professor of English at the University of Georgia, but his life has been spread across the
Atlantic. He was born and raised in England, received his BA, MA and D.Phil from Oxford University,
and then at once took up a post at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa. From there he moved
to another site of conflict, the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland, and finally to the relative calm of
the United States, from where he has made extensive forays into the Caribbean islands and their literature
and culture. He has also won fellowships in Stockholm, Sweden and back at Oxford in England. He has
published four books on different aspects of the work of the English poet and novelist Thomas Hardy,
and edited three of his novels, but also he has edited (and contributed to) one volume and contributed to a
second in the series English Literature and the Wider World, and is currently finishing up a biography of
the nineteenth-century Irish poet William Allingham.