Daria Santini was born in Rome and studied in Italy and Germany. In 1992 she moved to London, where she still lives. She was Lecturer in German Language and Literature at the University of Oxford for fifteen years until 2010. Between 2000 and 2002 she was Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow in German Literature at the Ludwig-Maximilian-Universitat in Munich. Since leaving academia, Daria has worked as an independent scholar and writer. Her specialist fields are 18th-19th-and 20th-century literary studies as well as cultural history & biography.