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Tim Robinson was brought up in Yorkshire. He studied at Cambridge University and worked as a teacher and artist in Istanbul, Vienna, and London. In 1972 he moved to the Aran Islands, where he gained fame as a mapmaker. He learned Gaelic and began preserving Irish place-names, gaining respect as an environmentalist and winning a Ford European Conversation Award. NYRB Classics reissued Robinson’s Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage in 2008.
John Elder is a professor in the English and American Literatures department at Middlebury College, specializing in American Nature Writing. His two most recent books are Reading the Mountains of Home (Harvard University Press, 1998) and The Frog Run (Milkweed Editions, 2002).