David Pierce, now retired, lives in York. He has written books on Yeats and Joyce and on fiction and social class. He has also edited a four-volume edition of Yeats criticism for Helm Information as well as a Reader in modern Irish writing for Cork University Press. His most recent books are Light, Freedom and Song: A Cultural History of Modern Irish Writing (Yale University Press, 2005), Joyce and Company (Continuum, 2006; Paperback 2008) and Reading Joyce (Pearson Longman, 2008).