B.A., The University of Toronto
M.A., Ph.D., Princeton
POSITION: Distinguished University Professor, Faculty of Humanities, McMaster University
DISTINCTIONS include: John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow; Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
BOOKS INCLUDE: NON-FICTION: The Letters and Prose Writings of William Cowper, ed with Charles Ryskamp, 5 vols. Oxford University Press, 1979-1986; William Cowper: A Biography, Duke University Press, 1986; Interior Landscapes: A Life of Paul Nash (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1987); The Last Modern: A Life of Herbert Read (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1990); Virginia Woolf: A Biography (Hamish Hamilton in London and Norton in USA, 1994); Margaret Laurence: A Biography (Knopf Canada, 1997); Jack, A Life with Writers (Knopf Canada, 1999), Farley Mowat (HarperCollins, 2003); Japanese Warrior Prints, with Yuriko Iwakiri (Hotei, 2007); Beyond the Great Wave: The Japanese Landscape Print (Lang, 2010). FICTION: Five published novels including Pure Inventions (Cormorant: 2007), which is partially set in Edo.
The biographies of Margaret Laurence and Farley Mowat were national bestsellers in Canada. The life of Virginia Woolf (Norton edition) was chosen as one of the best books of 1995 by Publishers Weekly.