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Peter France was born in Northern Ireland to Welsh parents. He has written many studies of French and Russian literature (including Poets of Modern Russia, 1982), and is the editor of the Oxford Guide to Literature in English Translation and general editor of the five-volume Oxford History of Literary Translation in English. He has translated French and Russian prose texts as well as several volumes of Russian poetry, including Blok and Pasternak (with Jon Stallworthy), Mayakovsky, and in particular Gennady Aygi. His translated volume of poems by Baratynsky, Half-Light and Other Poems, was published by Arc Publications in 2015.