Robin Wood Biography

Robert Paul Wood (23 February 1931 – 18 December 2009) — known as Robin Wood — was a film critic and educator who lived in Canada for much of his life. He wrote books on Alfred Hitchcock, Howard Hawks, Ingmar Bergman, and Arthur Penn and was a member, until 2007, of the editorial collective that publishes the magazine CineACTION!, a film theory collective founded by Wood and other colleagues at Toronto's York University. Wood was York professor emeritus of film.

Wood was born in Richmond, London, England. According to Contemporary Authors he attended Jesus College, Cambridge, where he was influenced by F. R. Leavis and A. P. Rossiter, and graduated in 1953 with a diploma in education. From 1954 to 1958, Wood taught in schools in both England and Sweden. After a year in Lille, France, teaching English, Wood returned to schools in England, and again in Sweden, where he met Aline Macdonald whom he married on May 17, 1960. (They would have three children: Carin, Fiona, and Simon).