Gerald Martin is a prolific critic of Latin American fiction. He is particularly known for his work on the Guatemalan author Miguel Ángel Asturias and on the Colombian Gabriel García Márquez, both of whom are winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
His 2008 book, Gabriel García Márquez. A Life, was the first full biography of García Márquez to be published in English.
Educated in Britain (with his doctorate from the University of Edinburgh), he helped to establish the Latin American Studies programme at Portsmouth Polytechnic (now the University of Portsmouth), as the first integrated area studies course in Britain. He subsequently taught for many years as Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Modern Languages in the Hispanic Studies Department at the University of Pittsburgh.
- Martin, Gerald (1989). Journeys through the Labyrinth: Latin American Fiction in the Twentieth Century. London: Verso. ISBN 0-86091-238-8.
- Martin, Gerald (1990). "Miguel Ángel Asturias: El Señor Presidente". In Philip Swanson (ed.). Landmarks in Modern Latin American Fiction. London: Routledge. pp. 50–73. ISBN 0-415-01996-6.
- Martin, Gerald (ed.) (2000). El Señor Presidente. By Miguel Ángel Asturias (Critical ed. ed.). Madrid: ALLCA XX. ISBN 84-89666-51-2.
- Martin, Gerald (2008). Gabriel García Márquez: A Life. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 978-0-7475-9476-5.
- homepage at the University of Pittsburgh.
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