H Gustav Klaus holds the Chair of British Literature at the University of Rostock. He has taught and lectured in many countries including Australia, Britain, Denmark, France and Spain. He takes special interest in the 'little' tradition of working-class and socialist writing. His first major book was a study of another Spanish volunteer, Christopher Caudwell. This was followed by The Socialist Novel in Britain, ed. (1982), The Literature of Labour (1985), The Rise of Socialist Fiction 1880-1914 ed. (1987) and an anthology of working-class stories, Tramps, Workmates and Revolutionaries (1993).