Kelsey Thornton received his Doctorate from Manchester in 1971 for work on the poets of the English 1890s, and retired in 2000 from the chair of English Literature at Birmingham University (he had previously held the chair at Newcastle upon Tyne), to concentrate on writing and editing. He has written on and edited the poetry of Hopkins, John Clare, the Decadents, Ivor Gurney, Nicholas Hilliard, Ernest Dowson, F. W. Harvey, W. W. Gibson, and he has edited the Journals of the John Clare Society (1990-96) and the Ivor Gurney Society (from 1995 until the present). He has in the last decade taken to publishing his poetry which, with painting and drawing, form his usual relaxation. Catherine Phillips has degrees from Queen's University, Canada, the University of Toronto and Cambridge, where she is a Fellow and Director of Studies in English at Downing College. Her publications include a monograph on Gerard Manley Hopkins and various aspects of art in the nineteenth century, editions of Hopkins's poetry and letters, a biography of Robert Bridges, manuscripts of a play by W. B. Yeats for the Cornell Yeats series, and articles on nineteenth and twentieth-century writers. Currently she is editing the poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins for the Collected Works to be published by Oxford University Press (8 volumes).