Nigel Smith

Nigel Smith

 

Nigel Smith is William and Annie S. Paton Foundation Professor of Ancient and Modern Literature at Princeton University having formerly taught at Oxford and studied in Hull; he is a native of Potters Bar. He has published mostly on seventeenth-century literature and history: his major works are Andrew Marvell: The Chameleon, a TLS ‘Book of the Year’ for 2010, Is Milton better than Shakespeare?, the Longman Annotated English Poets edition of Andrew Marvell’s Poems, a TLS ‘Book of the Year’ for 2003, Literature and Revolution in England, 1640-1660¬†and Perfection Proclaimed: Language and Literature in English Radical Religion 1640-1660. He has also edited the Journal of George Fox (1998), and the Ranter pamphlets (1983; revised edn. 2014), and co-edited with Nicholas McDowell the Oxford Handbook to Milton (Oxford UP, 2009, pbk 2011).

New work, The State and Literary Production in Early Modern Europe, involves the comparison of English with literature in other European vernaculars in the context of political and scientific transformation between 1500 and 1800. He is also writing a study of the relationship between words and music, which grows in part from from writing songs and playing bass with Paul Muldoon in Rackett (2004-2010) and Wayside Shrines (2010- ; see www.waysideshrines.org).