James L. Pethica teaches in the Theatre and English Departments at Williams College. He has published widely in Irish literature -- particularly on W.B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, and the Abbey Theatre -- as well as Modern drama and poetry, and contemporary poetry. Winner of the Shakespeare Prize as an undergraduate at Merton College, Oxford, Pethica received his D. Phil. from Oxford in 1987. He is the immediate past director of the Yeats International Summer School. Pethica is currently completing the authorized biography of Lady Gregory for Oxford University Press, as well as a volume on Gregory's collaborations with Yeats.