Seamus Deane was born in Derry in 1940.
His poetry collections include Gradual Wars (Shannon, Irish University Press, 1972); Rumours (Dublin, The Dolmen Press, 1977); History Lessons (Dublin, The Gallery Press, 1983); and Selected Poems (The Gallery Press, 1988).
His non-fiction includes Celtic Revivals: Essays in Modern Irish Literature 1880-1980 (London, Faber & Faber, 1985); A Short History of Irish Literature (London, Hutchinson, 1986/Indiana, University of Notre Dame, 1986); The French Enlightenment and Revolution in England 1798-1832 (Cambridge, Mass, Harvard University Press, 1988).
He is General Editor of The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing (Lawrence Hill, Derry, Field Day Publications/ London, Distributed by Faber & Faber, 1991-2002), and of the Critical Conditions: Field Day Essays & Monographs, including Foreign Affections: Essays on Edmund Burke. (Cork University Press/University of Notre Dame Press, 2005).
His awards including the Æ Memorial Prize (1973) for Gradual Wars, and he was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and won the Irish Times Literary Award in 1997 for his novel Reading in the Dark (London, Jonathan Cape, 1996/ Maryland, Alfred a Knopf, 1997).
A member of Aosdána, he lives in Dublin.