James King is a professor of English at McMaster University. He was educated at the University of Toronto and Princeton University. He has been a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow, a Killam Fellow, and a Nuffield Fellow and has been the recipient of numerous research grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, King has authored six novels and nine biographies. His subjects have included Paul Nash, Lawren Harris, David Milne, and Greg Curnoe.