Stephen Carver is a literary historian, editor and occasional novelist, specialising in the long nineteenth century. For sixteen years he taught literature and creative writing at the University of East Anglia (where he also took his doctorate), spending three years in Japan as an associate-professor of English at the University of Fukui between 2002 and 2005. He left UEA in 2012 to become Head of Online Courses at the Unthank School of Writing, a subsidiary of the independent publishing house Unthank Books. He is probably best known for his critical biography of the Victorian novelist William Harrison Ainsworth. He is currently working on a history of the nineteenth century underworld for Pen & Sword.