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Born Derry 19/10/35. Educated at Bradford Grammar School, Magdalen College Oxford, and France. Academic Posts at University of Sussex (1963-80) and University of Edinburgh (Professor of French, 1980-2000). Married to Siân Reynolds, 3 daughters.
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