A native Sierra Leonean, Eustace Palmer was educated in Sierra Leone and the United Kingdom where he obtained an honors degree and Ph.D. In English Language and Literature from the University of Edinburgh. He taught for several years at Fourah Bay College, the University of Sierra Leone, where he was Professor of English, Chair of the English Department, Dean of the Faculty (School) of Arts, Public Orator, and Dean of Graduate Studies. One of the pioneer critics of African Literature, he has published one book on the English novel—Studies in the English Novel—and four on African Literature: An Introduction to the African Novel; The Growth of the African Novel;Of War and Women Oppression and Optimism: New Essays on the African Novel; and Knowledge is More Than Mere Words: A Critical Introduction to Sierra Leonean Literature (jointly edited with Abioseh Michael Porter). He has also published over sixty articles on English and African literatures. He was also for several years Associate Editor of African Literature Today, and was President of the African Literature Association from 2006 to 2007. He has also published four novels: A Hanging is Announced, Canfira’s Travels, A Tale of Three Women, and A Pillar of the Community. His awards include the African Literature Association’s Distinguished Member award and Georgia College & State University’s Distinguished Professor Award. Eustace Palmer has also taught at the University of Texas at Austin where he was visiting Fulbright Professor and at Randolph Macon Woman’s College where he was African Scholar in Residence. He served for two terms of four years as Chair of the University System of Georgia’s Regional Council for Africa. Dr. Palmer currently teaches at Georgia College & State University, the public Liberal Arts University of the state of Georgia, where he is Distinguished Professor of English and Coordinator of African Studies.