John Casey was born in 1939 in Worcester, Massachusetts, and educated at Harvard College, Harvard Law School, and the University of Iowa. His novel, Spartina, won the 1989 National Book Award for fiction. He has written five works of fiction, two books of essays and two translations. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he is Henry Hoyns Professor in the English Department at the University of Virginia. He is literary executor of the estate of Breece D’J Pancake.