Andrew McConnell Stott is the author of 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, which was a best book of 2013 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.
Stott is the recipient of fellowships from the British Academy, the Huntington Library, and the American Council on Education. In 2010-11, he was a Fellow at 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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