About this Fellow
Thomas Corns was born in Prescot, Lancashire, and educated at the local grammar school. He studied at Brasenose and University Colleges, Oxford, and spent a year as an exchange student to the Maximilianeum Foundation, Munich. His doctoral thesis provided the basis for The Development of Milton's Prose Style, published as the first Oxford English Monograph. Between 1975 and 2014 he worked at Bangor University (formerly the University College of North Wales and the University of Wales, Bangor), where he served at various times as head of department, head of the School of Arts and Humanities, and as a pro-vice-chancellor. He has published mainly on Milton and on the political literature of the mid-seventeenth century. He is an Honored Scholar of the Milton Society of America. Currently he is collaborating with David Loewenstein on a scholarly edition of Paradise Lost, a contribution to the eleven-volume Complete Works of John Milton (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008-), of which, with Gordon Campbell, he is general editor.
- Emeritus Professor of English Literature, Bangor University
English literature of the long eighteenth century, especially Gibbon, Swift, Burke and Johnson; sixteenth-century historiography and historical drama; the history of literary criticism; the theory and practice of textual editing
English literature of the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, especially Sir Philip Sidney, Shakespeare, and Samuel Johnson; post-medieval palaeography; bibliography and the history of the book
Renaissance humanism and European literature 1450-1700; the history of religion in relation to the history of the book; literary theory and the history of philosophy
The literature of the English Renaissance, with special interests in legal or forensic rhetoric, women's writing and Anglo-Scots relations