About the Author
Born in 1937, John Fletcher went to King Alfred School, Plõn, Germany and Yeovil School, Somerset. He then studied at Trinity Hall, Cambridge (MA) and Toulouse University (DÉS, Dr 3e Cycle), after which he taught at Durham University (1964-66) and UEA Norwich (1966-98), first as Lecturer, then as Reader, and finally as Professor of Comparative Literature (now Emeritus). He has been visiting professor at several foreign universities, chiefly in France, but also in Denmark, Austria, Germany, Australia and Cameroon. He had begun translating from French before his retirement, an activity that continues to the present day.