Christopher Ricks is a Professor of the Humanities at Boston University, having previously taught at Oxford, Bristol and Cambridge. He has published books on Milton, Tennyson, Keats, T.S. Eliot and Beckett, as well as two collections of critical essays. He is the editor of The Oxford Book of English Verse (1999). His other works as editor include The Brownings: Letters and Poetry (1970), The New Oxford Book of Victorian Verse (1987), A.E. Housman: Collected Poems and Selected Prose (1988) and The Faber Book of America (1992; with William M. Vance).