Gerald Moore was born in London in 1924. After serving in the navy during the war, he read English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Apart from ten years in the School of African and Asian Studies at Sussex, he has taught at universities in various parts of Africa and in Hong King. He has also been a visiting professor at UCLA, the University of Wisconsin–Madison, the University of Ghana, and the University of Ife. His publications include The Chosen Tongue: English Writing in the Tropical World, Wole Soyinka, Twelve African Writers, and The Penguin Book of Modern African Poetry. He has also published translations of Mongo Beti, Henri Lopes, Tchicaya U Tam’si, and J.-B. Tati Loutard.