Richard Greene

An award-winning poet, editor and biographer, Richard Greene was born in Newfoundland, educated at Oxford, and is now a professor of English at the University of Toronto.

His books include Mary Leapor: A Study in Eighteenth-Century Women’s Poetry (OUP, 1993); Republic of Solitude: Poems, 1984–1994 (Breakwater, 1994); and Selected Letters of Edith Sitwell (editor; Virago, 1997). His Graham Greene: A Life in Letters (Little, Brown, 2007), received book of the year mentions in the Spectator, Guardian, Observer, and Irish Times. The Sunday Times described the book as a ‘triumph’.

Arguably Canada’s leading contemporary poet, his collection Boxing the Compass (Signal Editions, 2009) won the country’s top prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry, in 2010. Widely recognized as an expert on poetic form, his most recent work is a biography of Edith Sitwell which, apart from adding enormously to what we know about that extraordinary life, claims her as a superb innovator in poetry. It was published to widespread acclaim by Virago in 2011.

Richard is now working on a major one-volume life of Graham Greene (no relation), to be published by Little, Brown in the UK, W. W. Norton in the US and Knopf in Canada.

Author photo © Linda Kooluris Dobbs