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About the Author
Jonathan Bate is a biographer, critic, and broadcaster. His many books include The Genius of Shakespeare; a biography of the poet John Clare which won numerous awards; Soul of the Age, an intellectual life of Shakespeare, which was runner-up for the Biography Prize of PEN America; and The Song of the Earth, a pioneering book on poetry and the environment. He is also the author of a novel, The Cure for Love, and the hit one-man play for Simon Callow, Being Shakespeare. A fellow of both the British Academy and the Royal Society of Literature, he was provost of Worcester College and professor of English literature at Oxford University. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to higher education and was knighted in 2015 for his services to literary scholarship.