He is a translator, teacher and researcher of 16th
and 17th Spanish literature born in Spain.
He studied at the Escuela de Magisterio, Trinity
College and Yale. He graduated
with a doctorate from Yale in 1975 and went on to teach there as well as at
Columbia University and the University of Illinois. In 1985 he moved to Brown University
where he has held the W. Duncan MacMillan Family Professorship in the
Humanities and he also teaches at the Spanish School in Middlebury.
Being in receipt of several fellowships he has been
awarded them by organisations such as the Guggenheim, the American
Philosophical Society, the Fulbright and the American Council of Learned Societies.
Also receiving several awards he has been given the
Ramon Menendez Pidal Prize by the Spanish Royal Academy of Madrid in
recognition for his outstanding work on the balladry of Lope de Vega, and
in 1998 was honoured with the Encomienda de la Orden de Isabel la Catolica
by King Juan Carlos I of Spain.
He is recognised as a
translator/adaptor/researcher on Lope de Vega’s Christmas carol
“Pastores a Belen” along with many of his other works and has
also published a book on contemporary Spanish poetry.