Anthony Cronin was born in Co Wexford in 1928.
His many works include the novels The Life of Riley (London, Secker & Warburg, 1964); and Identity Papers (Dublin, Co-Op Books, 1980).
His collections of poems are Poems (London, Cresset, 1958); Collected Poems, 1950-73 (Dublin, New Writers Press, 1973); Reductionist Poem (Dublin, Raven Arts Press, 1980); 41 Sonnet Poems (Raven Arts Press, 1982); RMS Titanic (Raven Arts Press, 1981); New and Selected Poems (Raven Arts Press/Manchester, Carcanet, 1982); The End of the Modern World (1989); Relationships (Dublin, New Island Press, 1992); Minotaur (New Island Books, 1999); The Fall (New Island Books, 2010); and Body and Soul (New Island Books, 2014).
His non-fiction includes Dead as Doornails (Dublin, Dolmen, 1976); Heritage Now (Dingle, Brandon, 1982/New York, St Martin’s Press, 1983); A Question of Modernity(London, Secker & Warburg, 1966); An Irish Eye; Art for the People?(Brandon, 1985); No Laughing Matter: The Life and Times of Flann O’ Brien (London, Grafton, 1989); and Samuel Beckett The Last Modernist (London, HarperCollins 1996). He has edited New Poems (with Jon Silkin. London, Hutchinson, 1960); and The Courtship of Phelim O’Toole, Stories by William Carleton (London, New English Library, 1962).
A play, The Shame of It, was produced in the Peacock Theatre in 1974.
He has been associate editor of The Bell and Literary Editor of Time and Tide.
In 1983 he received The Marten Toonder Award for his contribution to Irish Literature.
He lives in Dublin.