Roy Foster was born in Waterford, Ireland, in 1949 and educated in both Ireland and the United States. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, where he was a Foundation Scholar in History, he subsequently became Professor of Modern British History at Birkbeck College, University of London, as well as holding visiting fellowships at St Anthony’s College, Oxford, the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, and Princeton University. In 1991 he became the first Carroll Professor of Irish History at Oxford and was elected a Fellow of Hertford College. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1989, was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1986, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1992, and has received honorary degrees from the University of Aberdeen, The Queen’s University of Belfast, Trinity College, Dublin, and the National University of Ireland, as well as an Honorary Fellowship at Birkbeck College, University of London. In the spring of 2002 he was the Whitney Oates Fellow at Princeton. His books include Charles Stewart Parnell: The Man and His Family (1976), Lord Randolph Churchill: A Political Life (1981), Modern Ireland 1600-1972 (1988), The Oxford Illustrated History of Ireland (1989), The Sub Prefect Should Have Held His Tongue: Selected Essays of Hubert Butler (1990), Paddy and Mr Punch: Connections in Irish and English History (1993), The Irish Story: Telling Tales and Making It Up in Ireland (2001), which won the 2003 Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism, W.B. Yeats, A Life. I: The Apprentice Mage 1865-1914 (1997) which won the 1998 James Tait Black Prize for biography, and Volume II: The Arch-Poet, 1915-1939 (2003). His most recent book is Conquering England: The Irish in the Victorian Metropolis (2005), co-written with Fintan Cullen, to coincide with their exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. In October he published Luck and the Irish: A Brief History of Change 1970-2000, a book deriving from the Wiles Lectures which he delivered at Queen’s University Belfast, in 2004. In 2009 delivered the Clark Lectures at the University of Cambridge, and in 2012 the Ford Lectures at the University of Oxford. He is also a well-known critic, reviewer and broadcaster.
Agent Name: Peter Straus