Research

I am currently working on three projects. First, I am close to completing a short book for Princeton University Press called Shakespeare and the Classical Imagination, an expanded version of the inaugural E. H. Gombrich Lectures in the Classical Tradition that I delivered at the Warburg Institute, University of London.

My next book is a long-gestated return to the Romantic period that will take the form of a biography of William Wordsworth which will be very different from the ones that already exist.

In the longer term, I am working on a book that ranges from The Anatomy of Melancholy to Dr Johnson’s depression to Van Gogh, Sylvia Plath and beyond. It is provisionally called The Black Dog: creativity and depression from Hamlet to Robin Williams.