Gregory Dowling grew up in Bristol, UK, and studied at Oxford University. Since 1979 he has lived in Italy; he is a professor of American literature at the University of Venice. Apart from his academic interests he has published four thrillers, set in England and Italy, and he has written and regularly updates the sightseeing pages for the Time Out Guide to Venice. His most recent publication is a guidebook to Byron's Venice.
Cristina Ceron is an independent scholar in English Literature. She completed her Ph.D. at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice with a dissertation on Thomas Hardy’s poetry of memory. She lectured at the University of Verona for six years and took part in several national and international conferences. She has published extensively on Shakespeare, Keats, Byron, Gissing, Owen, Eliot, and of course on Hardy (The Hardy Review, X, 2009).