Born in Rome in 1947, married in Dublin to Joan FitzGerald, Piero Boitani has three children and lives in Rome. He studied at the "Liceo T. Tasso", then at the University of Rome "Sapienza" (Laurea in Lettere, 1971). He has a BA from Wittenberg University, Ohio (1970) and a Ph.D from the University of Cambridge (1975). Taught Italian Lit at Cambridge, then American and English Lit at the Universities of Pescara and Perugia. Became Full Prof of English Lit in 1981, since 1985 at the University of Rome "Sapienza". Since 1998 Prof of Comparative Lit at "Sapienza", Chair of the Dept. of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 2002-10, Director of SUM-Sapienza Ph.D. program in European Literature and Culture until 2010. Prof. of Comparative Literature at the University of Lugano, Distinguished Prof. of Literature, University of Notre Dame. Visiting Prof in the Universities of Cambridge, Connecticut, Berkeley, Ohio State, Keio (Tokyo), Harvard, Toronto, etc. President of the European Society for English Studies 1989-95 (now Honorary President), Fellow of the British Academy, the Academia Europaea, the Polish Academy of Arts, the Accademia delle Scienze di Torino, the Accademia dell´Arcadia, the Accademia dei Lincei, the Medieval Academy of America, the Dante Society of America, in 2002 he has received from the Accademia dei Lincei the Feltrinelli Prize for Literary Criticism. He is the Literary Editor of the Greek and Latin classics series, Fondazione Valla.