Edmund Gordon was born in 1982. He studied philosophy at Trinity College Dublin and modern literature at University College London. Since 2011 he has taught literature and creative writing at King's College London.

His first book, The Invention of Angela Carter: A Biography, was published in 2016. It won the Somerset Maugham Award and the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was selected as a Book of the Year in the Guardian, Observer, Financial Times, Spectator, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times

Edmund's essays and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including the Financial Times, GuardianIndependentLondon Review of Books, New Statesman, ObserverSpectatorSunday Times and Times Literary Supplement. He contributed to the BBC Two documentary Angela Carter: Of Wolves and Women, and has appeared as a guest on Arts & Books (ABC Radio 1) and The Book Show (RTE Radio 1). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018.

He lives in north London with his wife and son.