Alan Stewart

Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Columbia University

Alan Stewart joined Columbia in 2003, after teaching for ten years at Queen Mary, and Birkbeck, both University of London. He is currently Director of Graduate Studies for English and Comparative Literature, and Director of the new interdisciplinary MA in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. His publications include Close Readers: Humanism and Sodomy in Early Modern England (1997); Hostage to Fortune: The Troubled Life of Francis Bacon 1561-1626 (with Lisa Jardine, 1998); Philip Sidney: A Double Life (2000); The Cradle King: A Life of James VI and I (2003); Letterwriting in Renaissance England (with Heather Wolfe, 2004) and Shakespeare's Letters (2008). With Garrett Sullivan, he is co-general editor of a new three volume Encyclopdia of English Renaissance Literature, published by Wiley-Blackwell in January 2012. Most recently, he has edited volume I, Early Writings 1584-1596, of the Oxford Francis Bacon for Oxford University Press (September 2012). He has won awards from the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Board, and the Folger Shakespeare Library, and in 2011-2012 he was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. Since 2002, he has been the International Director of the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters in London ( for which he is producing an online edition of Bacon's correspondence. His current projects include editing volume 2 of the Oxford Francis Bacon; a study of Early Modern Life-writing for Oxford University Press; and French Shakespeare, a study of the relations between England and France in the 1580s and 1590s.