Andrew McConnell Stott is the author of four books of non-fiction: Comedy (Routledge, 2005; 2nd edn, 2014); The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi (Canongate, 2009), which won the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Prize for Non-Fiction, the Sheridan Morley Prize for Theatre Biography, the George Freedley Memorial Award, and was a BBC Radio 4 "Book of the Week"; and The Poet and the Vampyre: The Curse of Byron and the Birth of Literature's Greatest Monsters, described by The Washington Post as "a learned, constantly entertaining and deliciously gossipy account of the erotic and personal entanglements that led up to, and away from, the most famous wet evening in Romantic literature.” The Boston Globe said it “reads like a period noir, full of atmospheric carriage rides, aggrieved letters, and deep personal miseries." The Poet and the Vampyre was was a best book for both The Big Issue and The Sunday Times, and one of Chloe Sevigny's favorite things. It was the basis for a BBC documentary produced by Oxford Scientific Films.
His most recent book is What Blest Genius?: The Jubilee that Made Shakespeare (Norton, 2019), which tells the story of a chaotic and rain-soaked gathering in 1769 that established William Shakespeare's reputation as the greatest writer to have ever lived. What Blest Genius? was a New York Times Book Review “Editor’s Choice.” Reviewing it for The Sunday Times, Simon Callow wrote that Stott “has an uncommon gift for reporting on the past as if it had happened yesterday, and to him personally.”
He is the recipient of fellowships from the British Academy, the Huntington Library, the American Council on Education, and the New York Public Library's Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He is Professor of English at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles.
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