Maurice Harmon was born in 1930 in Co Dublin.
Emeritus Professor of Anglo-Irish Literature at University College Dublin, he is a distinguished critic, biographer, editor, literary historian, and poet.
His published academic work includes Seán Ó Faoláin: A Critical Study; (Notre Dame, IN, University of Notre Dame Press, 1966); The Poetry of Thomas Kinsella (Dublin, Wolfhound, 1974/Thomas Kinsella: Designing for the Exact Needs, Dublin, Irish Academic Press, 2008); Select Bibliography for the Study of Anglo-Irish Literature and Its Backgrounds: An Irish Studies Handbook (Portland, PD Meany, 1977); An Irish Studies Handbook for Anglo-Irish Literature and Its Backgrounds : A Select Bibliography (Wolfhound Press, 1977); Austin Clarke 1896-1974; a Critical Introduction (Merlin Press, 1998); No Author Better Served: The Correspondence between Samuel Beckett and Alan Schneider (Harvard University Press, 1998); and The Colloquy of the Old Men, his translation of Acallam na Senorach, the medieval compendium of stories and poems (Academica Press, 2001.
. His poetry collections include The Last Regatta, Selected Poems 1988-2000 (Cliffs of Moher, Salmon. 2000). The Doll with Two Backs (Salmon, 2004); The Mischievous Boy (Salmon, 2008); and When Love is Not Enough; New & Selected Poems (Salmon, 2010).
Thomas Kinsella is one of a number of contributors to Honouring the Word: Poetry and Prose. Celebrating Maurice Harmon on His 80th Birthday, edited by Barbara Brown (Salmon, 2010).
He lives in Dublin.
Poet Maurice Harmon reading at the Gate Theatre in Dublin at a celebraton of Thomas Kinsella‘s lifes work. poetryireland’s Youtube Channel