Jenny Joseph was born in 1932 in Birmingham, England. She was a scholar at St Hilda's College, Oxford, and has been a newspaper reporter, a pub landlady and a lecturer. She was first published by John Lehmann in the 1950s. The Unlooked-for Season (Scorpion Press, 1960) won a Gregory Award; Rose in the Aflemoon (Dent, 1974), the Cholmondeley Award; The Thinking Heart (1978) and Beyond Descartes (1983, both Secker) were followed by Persephone (Bloodaxe, 1986), a fiction in prose and verse which won the James Tait Black Award, and her first American book The Inland Sea (Papier-Mache Press, 1989). Robert Mitchell is a professional photographer who has made Maine his home and its landscapes and seascapes the main object of his images.