Harry Guest was
born in Penarth in 1932. After studying at Cambridge and the Sorbonne (where he
wrote a thesis on Mallarmé) he
taught at schools and universities in France, Japan and the U.K. until he
retired in 1991 to devote himself full-time to writing.
He has written and translated many works and was awarded a Hawthornden Fellowship in 1993. Since 1994 he has been an Honorary Research Fellow of Exeter University. In 1998 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Plymouth. In 2001 he was elected to Yr Academi Gymreig / The Welsh Academy.