Research

Having completed a quintet of biographies of some of my favourite writers — Shakespeare, Wordsworth, John Clare, Ted Hughes & Sylvia Plath, William Hazlitt — I am now writing a “bibliomemoir” with Shakespeare at its centre, along with cameo roles from Samuel Johnson, John Keats, Charles and Mary Lamb, Emily Dickinson, Edward Thomas, Virginia Woolf, Vladimir Nabokov and Robert Lowell.

I am also in the early stages of a transhistorical global study that will be on the borderline between literary analysis, theology and cultural anthropology, provisionally entitled The Sacred Earth: Religion, Art and the Fate of the Planet. A foretaste of a few of its ideas may be glimpsed in my public lectures for the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University on How the Humanities can save the Planet.

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