Yves Bonnefoy is the author of twenty of books of poetry. He has translated Donne, Keats, Leopardi, Yeats, and a dozen of Shakespeare’s plays into French. In 1981, he was given the chair of comparative study of poetry at the Collège de France. He has been awarded the Prix des Critiques, the Balzan Prize, the Prix mondial Cino Del Duca, and the Franz Kafka Prize.

John T. Naughton is the author of The Poetics of Yves Bonnefoy (University of Chicago, 1984). He has translated Bonnefoy's The Act and the Place of Poetry, In the Shadow’s Light, and Shakespeare and the French Poet, all from University of Chicago. He is the recipient of the medal of the College de France. He teaches at Colgate University.