About Me

My name is Daniel Davis Wood; I’m a writer based in Birmingham, England. In a previous life, I taught literature and history at the Arts Educational Schools in London and at the Ecole d’Humanité in Hasliberg Goldern, Switzerland. These days I focus exclusively on fiction, essays, and literary criticism.

I began this blog in 2010, when I was a graduate student, tutor, and lecturer at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Between 2009 and 2012, I worked on a PhD thesis which examined the jurisprudential legacy of the nineteenth century frontier in American literature and popular culture. In addition to teaching and conducting research, I co-edited the academic journal Antithesis and I edited and published a collection of essays on the work of the American writer Edward P. Jones.

My motivations for beginning Infinite Patience are outlined in my first post. After I relocated to Switzerland in 2012, I sketched out a new direction for my online activities. At the end of the following year I published For Argument’s Sake, a collection of various essays I’d previously written on literature and culture.

Since then, I’ve paired up writing literature of my own with the task of writing about literature produced by others. In 2014, I published my début novel, Blood and Bone, which won that year’s Viva La Novella Prize in my homeland of Australia. In 2016, my thesis metamorphosed into my first monograph, Frontier Justice in the Novels of James Fenimore Cooper and Cormac McCarthy.

In early 2017, I completed a pair of interlocking novellas jointly entitled In Ruins, which are together under consideration at several publishing houses, and currently I’m working on a new novel called Winter Fugue. Here on Infinite Patience, I’m also documenting the often nebulous process of writing Winter Fugue in a series of posts under the title Diary of a Novel. I’ve also got a new monograph on the hob, alongside a range of other work. For the specifics on my academic activities, as well as excerpts from published work, take a look at my profile at Academia.edu.

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