The poet and painter Sohrab Sepehri was born in 1928 in Kashan, Iran. He worked in several government agencies while pursuing his personal interests in poetry and painting. During these years he also traveled frequently to Europe and Africa. In 1964 he resigned his government position to focus on poetry and painting. He lived in the U.S. for one year, and subsequently spent about two years in Paris. He died in 1980.
Jerome W. Clinton was professor emeritus of Near Eastern studies at Princeton University and a scholar of Iranian culture and society. Clinton taught Persian language and literature, as well as courses in Near Eastern literature, translation, classical Islamic civilization and the cultural history of Iran. His most widely acclaimed work was the study and translation of the Iranian national epic, the Shahnama (The Book of Kings). Clinton also wrote The Divan of Manuchihri Damghani: A Critical Study, co-wrote Modern Persian: Spoken and Written, and translated The Tragedy of Sohrab and Rostam and In the Dragon's Claws from the Shahnama. He won the Lois Roth Persian Translation Prize in 2002 from the American Institute of Iranian Studies for In the Dragon's Claws.