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Stephen Greenblatt

Pulitzer Prize–winning literary historian Stephen Greenblatt has made a career out of the study of William Shakespeare and the cultural output of the early modern era. He taught at the University of California, Berkeley for nearly thirty years before taking a position at Harvard University in 1997, where he is currently the Cogan University Professor of the Humanities. He is the author of Renaissance Self-Fashioning (1980), Marvelous Possessions (1991), Hamlet in Purgatory (2001), Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare (2004), Cultural Mobility (2010), and Shakespeare’s Freedom (2010). His most celebrated work, The Swerve: How the World Became Modern, was published in 2011 and was the recipient of both the 2011 National Book Award and the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. He is the brain and the pen (along with Charles Mee) behind the Cardenio Project, an experiment in cultural mobility through dramatic work. He is also the editor of the Norton Anthology of English Literature and Norton Shakespeare. His latest history is The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve, which traces the origins and influences of the Biblical creation story.

"How Shakespeare Lives Now" in The New York Review of Books

"The Answer Man" in The New Yorker