Brief Biography

Michael Groden was born in Buffalo in 1947 and graduated from Dartmouth College (B.A., 1969) and Princeton University (M.A., 1972, Ph.D., 1975). He moved to Canada in 1975 to teach at the University of Western Ontario (now known as Western University) and was Distinguished University Professor in the Department of English and Writing Studies there until he retired in July 2014. He is the author of a new memoir about spending a life with Joyce's Ulysses, The Necessary Fiction: Life With James Joyce's "Ulysses," which was published in Fall 2019 by Edward Everett Root in the UK. Earlier, he wrote "Ulysses" in Progress (Princeton University Press, 1977; Princeton Legacy Library paperback, 2014) and "Ulysses" in Focus: Genetic, Textual, and Personal Views (Florida James Joyce Series, University Press of Florida, 2010; paperback, 2012) and served as general editor of The James Joyce Archive (63 volumes, Garland Publishing, 1977-79), compiler of James Joyce's Manuscripts: An Index (Garland Publishing, 1980), and co-editor of The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994; 2nd edition, 2005; Chinese translation, 2011), Genetic Criticism: Texts and Avant-textes (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004), Praharfeast: James Joyce in Prague (Litteraria Pragensia, 2012), and Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory: The Johns Hopkins Guide (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012). On June 16, 2004, the 100th anniversary of Bloomsday, he was awarded an honorary D.Litt. degree by University College Dublin, Joyce's university; in 2006 he was named a Distinguished University Professor at Western University; in 2007 he was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Canada; and in May 2011 he was awarded the Hellmuth Prize for Achievement in Research, Western University's most prestigious award for research. He lives in Toronto with his wife - poet, memoirist, and biographer Molly Peacock, author most recently of the biography The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delany Begins Her Life's Work at 72; the alphabet-based short-fiction collection Alphabetique: 26 Characteristic Fictions; and The Analyst: Poems (W.W. Norton in the US; Biblioasis in Canada). R.I.P. Lucy and Emma, their two long-lived sibling feline companions.

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