Professor James Shapiro


James is a Shakespeare scholar and author; as well as being The Larry Miller Professor of English within the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1985, although is currently on sabbatical.

He specialises in Shakespeare, medieval and early modern drama, Jewish studies and British poetry.

He is the author of numerous books including 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare (2005), which was awarded the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize for the best non-fiction book published in Britain, and Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? (2010) which was awarded the Theater Library Association's George Freedley Memorial Award.

He is currently at work on another book, The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606, drawing on some of his recent experiences in the rehearsal room with the RSC.

He has co-edited the Columbia Anthology of British Poetry and served as the Associate Editor of the Columbia History of British Poetry.

He has also taught as a Fulbright lecturer at Bar Ilan and Tel Aviv Universities and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, The New York Public Library Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers, and the Huntingdon Library. His essays and reviews have been widely published.

James serves on the Board of Governors of the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Advisory Council for the Authors Guild. In 2011 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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